Course Description

The UofL is excited to be able to offer this unique educational opportunity for our students and for other students and professionals from across Canada in the Canada Wildfire Network. Our globally renowned researchers in the field of lidar and wildfire research are uniquely positioned to provide a world-class educational opportunity. The course will be split into two streams:

  • i) University of Lethbridge (UofL) students taking the course for a University degree program credit over a two week period; and
  • ii) members of the public and Canada Wildfire students participating in lectures and labs for 5 days of non-credit training that will result in a certificate of completion*.


Course Outline

*This offering is non-credit. It will not be recognized on the official University of Lethbridge academic transcript and will not be counted toward any University of Lethbridge academic credential.

Course materials will be available the week prior to the course starting and will cover:

  • Basic to intermediate concepts in airborne lidar technology, applications and data handling.
  • A range of environmental mapping and natural resources topics will be presented and discussed.
  • Demos and lab exercises will follow a hypothetical forest biomass and fire fuel attribute mapping / modelling workflow from mission planning to data handling to biomass modeling and post-fire assessment.

Course Delivery:

The instruction format is intensive lecture, lab and field day delivery hosted over 5 days of in-person instruction at the UofL during the first summer teaching session starting May 6th 2024. While airborne lidar will be the focus of course instruction and exercises, short examples and demonstrations of remote piloted airborne system (RPAS) lidar operations and data handling will be presented.


Learner Outcomes

Develop an understanding of airborne lidar technology, how the data is collected and used to map biomass.



  • To become a campus that nourishes a culture of consent, it is important that we understand the myths and truths about sexual violence and rape culture, the following training is a requirement and must be completed prior to the start of the course.
  • Information on how to enrol and complete this training will be provided once you register.
  • Please present the certificate to your instructor prior to class.



If you have previous Bachelors Degree or professional experience in a geospatial or environmental discipline then this short course maybe for you as it aims to develop an understanding of airborne lidar technology, and how the data is collected and used to map biomass.



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