Lava flows seen like never before thanks to high-resolution laser technology

The Cabildo de La Palma, through the Digital Transformation area, looks at lava flows in a new way, in high resolution and with details never seen before.

Lava flows seen like never before thanks to high-resolution laser technology

The Cabildo de La Palma, through the Digital Transformation area, looks at lava flows in a new way, in high resolution and with details never seen before. This is thanks to the scientific community, which has launched the highest quality data on the lava flows from the volcano, with great resolution, thanks to the use of laser technology.

Specifically, it is the LIDAR technology or light detection and localization (for its acronym in English Light Detection and Ranging), airborne in drones, which offers valuable information on the lava flows of the volcano, and allows the elaboration of maps of very high precision and 3D images. Thanks to these never-before-seen images, the formed structures are revealed with a high level of resolution.

The flights, which took place between February and March 2022, have allowed the creation of a total of 306 files, which are already available on the open data portal of the Cabildo de La Palma and available for online viewing.

With these data, from the Cabildo de La Palma "we are offering very valuable information not only for scientific research, but for the reconstruction process of the Aridane Valley, of public infrastructures and, therefore, the recovery of normality in the region«, has indicated the area counselor, Gonzalo Pascual.

Gonzalo Pascual highlighted the Cabildo de La Palma's commitment to 'OpenData', making "relevant, complete, reliable and quality" information available to the public, generated by the public sector. Likewise, it allows deepening in an open government model, promoting »transparency and citizen participation in the decision-making process«.

This application joins the portal volcan.lapalma.es, which was created within the La Palma Smart Island program to centralize all the information related to the volcanic emergency. This portal has received 777,774 visits and an average of 2,130.89 daily queries.


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