LiDAR Surveys of Gypsum Dune Fields in White Sands NM

Project Type:  Inventory
Project Status:  Ongoing

In 2008, the Chihuahuan Desert Network began supporting a three-year survey of the gypsum dune fields in White Sands National Monument (NM) by the University of Texas-Austin. The survey will produce the first LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) surveys, a highly accurate mapping method, of White Sands NM and provide the first 3-D topographic data of the dune fields. The purpose of this project is to collect data that will help determine similarities in shape and size of dunes, detect trends in the direction of migration, and observe interactions between dunes.

Project Contact(s):

Gary A. Kocurek, PhD
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences