Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2881–2897, 2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2881–2897, 2015

Review article 22 Jun 2015

Review article | 22 Jun 2015

Laser vision: lidar as a transformative tool to advance critical zone science

A. A. Harpold et al.

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This review's objective is to demonstrate the transformative potential of lidar by critically assessing both challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary lidar applications in geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology. We find that using lidar to its full potential will require numerous advances, including more powerful open-source processing tools, new lidar acquisition technologies, and improved integration with physically based models and complementary observations.