One example of open data advancement is a project mandated by the Washington State Legislature in 2015, which involves the collection, processing and sharing of LiDAR data with the public by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The goal is to cover the entire state.
According to USGS, coral reefs serve as useful indicators of the health of marine environments, but they are declining in many parts of the world. Geospatial data acquisition methods are providing a basic data layer from which to better understand how coral reefs are structured and function.
Last year, my traditional Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends was replaced with a trip to Salzburg, Austria, to attend and participate at the Capturing Reality Forum, a technical conference focused on 3D, laser scanning and LiDAR technologies.