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S.C. Floodwater Commission: Smart River and Dam Security Task Force


An important step in better managing our flood mitigation plan is to effectively combine datasets and multiple model inputs and outputs, such as data collected through LIDAR and other studies, for an enhanced understanding of our complex river and dam systems. LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. These light pulses combined with other data generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics. Two types of LIDAR are topographic and bathymetric. Topographic LIDAR typically uses a near-infrared laser to map the land, while bathymetric lidar uses water-penetrating green light to also measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.

Read more in the Full Mission Statement Document (PDF).

Next meeting:

None scheduled at this time

Past meetings:

March 6, 2019 Minutes (PDF)

February 6, 2019: Minutes (PDF).