Airborne LiDAR for Lake Ecosystem Studies

2013 to 2015

A new airborne Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) system will be built to enable future interdisciplinary ecological and environmental research involving optical measurements of fish, plankton, water turbidity, and related quantities in lakes and rivers. The proposed airborne LIDAR system will be located at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and will be designed for use in a Cessna 185 aircraft available through the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. This new instrument will be based on a commercial diode-pumped Nd:Yag laser, and will have two orthogonally polarized optical receiver channels. This will enable real-time measurement of backscattered light in co-polarized and cross-polarized channels, which is often useful for increasing in-water signal contrast. Near the end of this project, the instrument will be tested in a Cessna 185 aircraft owned by Dr. Ric Hauer at the University of Montana.


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620