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USGS scientists are invited to submit requirements for the acquisition of lidar data through the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP).

The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) manages 3DEP with the goal to acquire lidar for the lower 48, Hawaii and the US Territories and IfSAR data over Alaska. The NGP works with Federal, State, Tribal and Local agencies to set priorities and establish the annual acquisition plans.  Annual selection of areas for acquisition is determined by Federal and other stakeholder requirements as well as the availability of project funding.

3DEP uses a shared system, the NOAA sponsored Seasketch:  U.S. Federal Mapping Coordination – A Demonstration Site for Federal Mapping Data Acquisition Coordination for planning, coordinating partnerships, and tracking elevation data acquisition projects. The system allows users to input and share information on data requirements, planned and ongoing data acquisition, and existing data.

The Federal agencies that partner with 3DEP compile their priorities for lidar acquisition and publish them on Seasketch. 3DEP partners are currently setting priorities and beginning to plan acquisition for the next 3 fiscal years (FY18 – FY20). As a part of this process, USGS scientists are invited to submit their requirements through The USGS Lidar Priorities Collector Tool. The requirements will be viewable on Seasketch as USGS 3DEP Areas of Interest in the Mapping Priorities: Needs, Requirements, Topographic Lidar 3DEP Areas of Interest, Federal 3DEP Interests. (1 – 3 years).

Please enter your lidar requirements at your earliest convenience and no later than May 9th for inclusion in FY18 planning. Also please note, that we encourage scientists to submit new or modify existing requirements as they come up throughout the year. The tool and processing will remain open for your use.

The NGP is committed to informing and engaging our USGS colleagues in 3DEP. There are a number of ways you can get in contact:

We encourage you to reach out and collaborate!