The ready availability of high-resolution, high-accuracy elevation data proved valuable for development of topographybased products to determine rough estimates of the inundation of New Orleans, La., from Hurricane Katrina. Because of its high level of spatial detail and vertical accuracy of elevation measurements, light detection and ranging (lidar) remote sensing is an excellent mapping technology for use in low-relief hurricane-prone coastal areas.
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Topography-based analysis of Hurricane Katrina inundation of New Orleans: Chapter 3G in Science and the storms-the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005