LIDAR is a remote-sensing technology that uses light in pulsed laser form to measure variable distances from the Earth. The airborne system also collects other data simultaneously and generates precise three-dimensional information about the shape and surface characteristics of the area being assessed. The two types of LIDAR are topographic, which maps land surfaces, and bathymetric, which measures sea floor and elevation of riverbeds. LIDAR technology provides a wide-range of applications ranging from climate monitoring, meteorology, agriculture, construction, and planning.

The project, valued at US$1.9 million, will be implemented between Jamaica and Haiti where some 2,500 square kilometres of vulnerable coastal environments between the two countries will be examined. The data collected will support the planning and design of climate-resilient infrastructure, coastal zone management, climate hazard assessments and improved strategies for disaster risk management, the parties have said.

The assignment is funded through the Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) which is being executed through The UWI Mona Office for Research and Innovation. Overall financing for the PPCR is provided by the Climate Investment Funds, through the Inter-American Development Bank.