EA’s 3D map of England to monitor flood risk, conservation and crime

By 2020 the Environment Agency will have completed a 3D map of England’s landscape, helping it assess flood risk and conservation work and keep an eye on waste crime

Aerial view of Somerset countryside. Photograph: Anthony Brown/123RF
The EA plans to create LIDAR maps for the whole of England. Photograph: Anthony Brown/123RF

The Environment Agency (EA) will complete a detailed, three-dimensional map of England’s landscape by 2020.

It will use the map – created with data collected by aircraft using light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology – to assess flood risk and inform its conservation work.

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