U.K: A broad strip of the South Downs, the range of chalk hills that extends for about 670 sq km across the south-eastern coastal counties of England, will be mapped using GPS equipment and laser scanners as a part of a a £1 million ($1.52 million) project to try to unlock the secrets of the heritage of the area.
Presently, the authorities have a just a few aerial photographs of this area. Stretched from Hampshire’s Itchen Valley in the west to Eastbourne in the east The Downs have until now had very little specific mapping done of their ancient forests. The area that is to be mapped lies within the South Downs National Park. The project is being joint-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the national park authority. Much of the scanning will be carried out using LiDAR equipment, allowing for the construction of a 3D map of the surface of the ground underneath the dense woodland.