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USGS 3D Elevation Program and 3D Nation

Presenter(s):  Drew Decker


The National Map elevation data theme is supported by the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). 3DEP's goal is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data for the nation over a multi-year period. A new round of 3DEP funds is expected to be made available later this year. The 3DEP Broad Agency Announcement will allow local, state, Tribal, educational, and other organizations to partner with USGS and other federal agencies to acquire new lidar data. 3D Nation is a major new study in conjunction with 3DEP as the program progresses toward national elevation coverage. The study will document and refine the requirement and benefits of mission critical needs that use 3D elevation data. 3D Nation expands to seek input on inland, nearshore, and offshore bathymetry needs and to help direct the program as initial coverage across the country is completed.  This presentation will provide an update on 3DEP and 3D Nation for Arizona, include details on submitting proposals for funding.

Key Takeaway: Will provide the status of lidar data in that are completed, in work, or planned.  Provide an update on 3D Nation which has had a number of AZ participants.  Go over the steps in planning for a lidar project including reviewing the lidar inventory, collaboration, and the 3DEP BAA process for submitting proposals for funding.

Intended Audience: People who intend to use and/or develop elevation data within AZ.  This includes users who may have applications dependent on elevation data, such infrastructure, flood management, transportation, agriculture, and wildlife and habitat management.

About the presenter(s):

Drew Decker is the National Map Liaison for Arizona and works for the National Geospatial Program within USGS.  He works with local, state, and other federal agencies to coordinate mapping production, maintenance, standards, and planning in support of The National Map.  He also provides support to USGS scientists and the public for mapping related assistance concerning geographic data.