LiDAR — Light Detection and Ranging — is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth.

LiDAR data is extremely accurate 3D data generated from sensors on the ground or on airplanes. These accurate models have uses for local government planners who need detailed structural plans of the city. LiDAR is also regularly used by archaeologists, computer scientists, and civil engineering companies.

  • Data owner: LiDAR
  • Coverage (geographical): Glasgow
  • Coverage (time): 2003
  • Who can use this data? Only academic research users

One example of using LiDAR data is our video of movement patterns in Glasgow City Centre:


Credits: This data visualization was created by the Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio on behalf of the Urban Big Data centre. Data used in addition to the iMCD project data includes: Lidar's data from 'blue sky' and satellite imagery from EU Spacing Imaging.