LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors map the snow depth across the field site every five minutes and observe snow particles in the air when it is snowing and when the wind blows snow off the ground.

Number deployed on SOS Project: 6

Make/model used on SOS Project: Livox Mid-70

SOS researcher Ethan Gutmann, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, describes the purpose and function of a LIDAR scanner for the Sublimation of Snow project.