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Community Workshop: Charting the Future of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) in the Earth Sciences and Related Fields

The community workshop Charting the Future of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) in the Earth Sciences and Related Fields was held at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado on October 17-19, 2011.


TLS Workshop Agenda


See the meeting's presentations.

Workshop Report (Final)

See the meeting's Workshop Report (Final).

Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), a.k.a. terrestrial LiDAR, is part of a suite of new geodetic imaging technologies that are becoming increasingly important to the Earth science and related communities for use in myriad research applications. The overarching goals for this workshop are community oriented and include:

  • Engage TLS users across Earth science subdisciplines and related fields such as engineering, ecology, and anthropology.
  • Seed planning that is inspired by recent innovative science applications.
  • Identify future TLS research directions and the appropriate structures, resources and collaborations to support them.
  • Define user requirements to guide community members, facilities and sponsors in planning and seeking resources to provide research-grade data products as efficiently and effectively as possible.

To advance these goals, the following thematic workshop sessions are planned:

  • TLS science applications.
  • TLS data processing and analysis.
  • TLS data and metadata formats and standards.
  • Best structures and practices for community-oriented facilities providing TLS hardware, software, and data.
  • Comprehensive outlook and plan to support future TLS developments and community requirements.

We particularly seek to draw upon the experience and expertise of researchers who are familiar with the current capabilities and challenges of TLS technologies and methodologies and who are interested in advancing these goals. To help represent a broader target audience and to enrich and diversify the workshop's planning, content and deliverables, the Organizing Committee is recruiting community representatives to serve as additional organizing committee members and/or session chairs.

This workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and organized by UNAVCO. Workshop deliverables are meant to be relevant to TLS users at all levels, from individual investigators to large scale initiatives, and will be particularly useful as strategic aids to help NSF supported facilities such as UNAVCO, INTERFACE, Open-Topography and NCALM best meet the needs of the research community now and in the future.

Posters are welcome.

Workshop registration is now closed.

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