Poster Number 556
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Bankhead National Forest in North Alabama was mapped in the 1980's using conventional mapping techniques by USDA-NRCS soil scientist. The same areas are now being mapped (2007-2208) using LiDAR data and its derivatives with GIS. This will assist in obtaining records of acres mapped in the 1980's and their cost and compare it to what is being mapped today using the above technology. Not only the cost but the quality of the mapping can be analyzed. Both mapping techniques were conducted without any inclination that a study was being conducted. Cost benefits figures are always being thrown out there regarding the benefits of using LiDAR. A study such as this could provide a more tangible figure to be used for the benefits in using LiDAR in the future.
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