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Emerging Tools for Visualizing and Managing Land in Michigan

February 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


A presentation by Trevor Hobbs, owner of Contour Geographic LLC for landowners, foresters, ecologists, conservationists, or anyone with a love for maps, land information, geography, geology, and local natural history.

This presentation will focus on two mapping technologies that are rising in popularity and
use in Michigan: LiDAR and UAV photogrammetry. LiDAR (which stands for “Light Detection and Ranging”) detects the shape of the terrain and the 3D composition of forests in unprecedented detail. The technology allows us to see very subtle glacial landforms and patterns on the landscape, which were not possible to visualize before – even from the ground with your own eyes. In addition to LiDAR, the rising use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or “drones”) has presented conservationists and land owners with new opportunities to map land and natural resources in even higher detail than LiDAR- simply by collecting a series of overlapping photos. With recent advances in digital image processing, aerial photos can be turned into accurate maps and 3D models of landscapes, forests, dunes, rivers- almost anything.

Topics to be presented on include:
• Forest inventory and mapping
• Coastal dune monitoring
• A tour of glacial features in NW Lower Michigan
• Soils as seen from above
• Maps for landowners
• Presenting a new Forest Atlas for NW

*Price is $10.00 per person. Register by contacting by February 19th


February 21, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Kama Ross


Boardman River Nature Center
1450 Cass Road
Traverse City, MI 49685 United States
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