Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free LIDAR Data and Images - La Selva Costa Rica

Here is another source of free LIDAR datasets and images provided by the Organization for Tropical Studies, OTS. One important note: the dataset is limited to a specific area -- the La Selva Biological Station in northern Costa Rica.

La Selva was originally established in 1954 by Dr. Leslie Holdridge, as a farm dedicated to experimentation on mixed plantations for the improvement of natural resources management. It was purchased in 1968 by the Organization for Tropical Studies and declared a private biological reserve and station. Since then, it has become one of the most important sites in the world for research on tropical rain forest. Over 240 scientific papers are published yearly from research conducted at the site.

The free download contains landuse, digital elevation model (DEM), soils, slopes datasets. And there's more! You can also avail of the aerial photos, LiDAR images, Landsat images, Hyperspectral images, and Quickbird & IKONOS images of the station.

In addition, there are also some Arc Macro Language (AML) scripts that you can use to run, process, and analyze the data.

Check out the free LIDAR Data and Images from La Selva Costa Rica here.

Have you already checked our previous post: Free Waveform and Discrete LIDAR Data + Hyperspectral Datasets?

Leave a comment if you know of other sites offering free remote sensing data so we could post and share it with everyone.


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