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Australian council uncovers environmental icon with GIS

Australia: The Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) has discovered a new environmental icon, Queensland’s tallest tree, while surveying tree heights across the region. Dubbed ‘Big Bob’ – in honour of long-serving Sunshine Coast councillor and mayor Bob Abbot – the 73 metre giant was found hidden in the rugged forest of Connondale National Park, using a combination of GIS and LiDAR technology.

“The technology effectively created a digital forest – with different colours representing varying tree heights and canopy levels. It was by viewing information in this way that we first identified Big Bob, which has since been confirmed as the highest tree on record in Queensland,” Sunshine Coast Council geospatial analyst Toby Clewett said.

Source: FutureGov