Digital Mapping Techniques


Course Description

X498g (429g) Digital Mapping Techniques utilizes Terrestrial Laser Scanning tools to image and interpret various geomorphic, sedimentological, and tectonic processes.

 We use TLS/LiDAR to collect data sets that can be used to help interpret a variety of different geologic problems.  The course emphasizes learning about the geophysical instruments, how to best deploy them, selecting data acquisition parameters to solve the specific problem you are working on, efficient data processing, and interpretation.  In addition, there is a significant focus on how to integrate traditional geological data and observations (e.g. sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural analysis, etc.) with TLS/LiDAR imaging. 

 Each year the team works on two or three different projects and solves different types of problems. We use data modeling techniques to quickly test alternate interpretations and identify the geologic interpretation(s) that best fit all of the data.

UNAVCO provides equipment, software and staff to co-teach this concentration.