Full waveform LiDAR sample data now available
February 23, 2015
We are excited to announce a new release of NEON Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) sample data, which is now available on the Airborne Data page.
NEON AOP data is collected over NEON field sites using various sensors mounted on a Twin Otter plane. These sensors include a Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometer, a LiDAR system and a High Resolution Red Blue Green (RGB) camera. Key measurements are derived from these instruments yielding high level data products, such as: Vegetation Leaf Area Index, Total biomass, Vegetation indices, Ecosystem structure, Canopy biogeochemistry, Land Cover, Ground Elevation and Digital Surface Model.
This release contains full waveform LiDAR data, which is unique, cutting edge and free to download. A LiDAR system uses laser light energy to measure the heights of objects on the ground. Data from a LiDAR system may be used to estimate vegetation height, density and species composition. It also maps buildings, power lines and other infrastructure.