UNM professor developing imaging to save lives after fires

Sunday, 28 August 2016

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When fires break out, it’s not always flames that do the only damage – sometimes the scorched earth can cause even more destruction in the form of landslides. That’s why Chris Lippitt, assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at The University of New Mexico, is working on a project that would give emergency management crews state-of-the-art imaging technology to mitigate potential slides before they happen.

Lippitt and his research group, GIScience for Environmental Management (GEM), are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District and the New Mexico Wing Civil Air Patrol on a device that attaches to airplanes and collects detailed three-dimensional images of canyons and washes to determine which areas are most likely to slide.

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