This paper reports on the smoothing/filtering analysis of a digital surface model (DSM) derived from LiDAR altimetry for part of the River Coquet, Northumberland, UK using loess regression and the 2D discrete wavelet transform (DWT) implemented in the S-PLUS and R statistical packages. The chosen method of analysis employs a simple method to generate noise' which is then added to a smooth sample of LiDAR data; loess regression and wavelet methods are then used to smooth/filter this data and compare with the original smooth' sample in terms of RMSE. Various combinations of functions and parameters were chosen for both methods. Although wavelet analysis was effective in filtering the noise from the data, loess regression employing a quadratic parametric function produced the lowest RMSE and was the most effective. Â© Springer-Verlag 2005.