Where the old flood-mapping method measured elevation every 10 or 30 meters, LiDAR technology allows for a measurement of four meters or less, according to a story in Appalachian State University's University News. “Obviously, a four-meter spatial resolution is better than a 30-meter spatial resolution, but it’s more time consuming to obtain and process,” said Monica Davis, an ASU graduate student analyzing recent data taken from the Swannanoa River in Asheville in order to construct the most accurate representation of flood extent and depth.
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