NYC_laserWhile you were sleeping, a twin-engine Strike Commander spent a total of 54 hours sweeping NYC with lasers. Collecting three dimensional data of our city’s surfaces, structures and elevations with measured laser pulses, the project will yield the most detailed image yet.

Don’t get your tin foil hat in a bunch! The spied data from the aerial survey will mostly be used to meet the challenges of our changing climate, mapping areas susceptible to floods and roofs that can be used in a solar power grid. This could also lead to more trees, zoning changing and stricter building codes.

Half of the project’s $450,000 price tag was paid for the federal Energy Department. Until now, the city was using aerial photos and ground surveys from the ’80s.|NYT|