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Laser-equipped aircraft to map England in 3D

Laser-equipped aircraft to map England in 3D

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Aircraft equipped with futuristic laser scanners are to map the entirety of England in 3D to help combat flooding, cut down on fly-tipping and uncover long-lost Roman roads.The Environment Agency has unveiled ambitious plans to recreate a digital three-dimensional image of all 130,000 square kilometres of the country - including rivers, fields and national parks - by 2020.About 75% of the landscape has been mapped over the last two decades, but there is only sporadic coverage of upland areas.It is hoped the new project, which will begin before the end of winter, will fill in the gaps.Image:The data will be used to help understand flooding risks and create defence plans. Pic: Environment AgencyThe quality of the image will be substantially improved too, with the scanners able to map the cou...