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Lidar Helps Yellowstone Manage Threatened Ecosystem

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Lidar could offer a fast, efficient way to locate and capture lake trout, an invasive non-native fish that is upending the ecosystem in Yellowstone Lake. Aircraft-mounted lidar could allow lake managers to hunt for invasive fish across a wider area at lower cost, making more efficient use of the approximately $2 million spent on lake trout control each year. The lidar instrument aims a laser beam downward through a hole in the bottom of the plane. The beam is angled backward so that the light's reflection on the water is deflected away and does not saturate the receiver. Courtesy of...Read full article

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