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Enhancing the impact of investments in lidar with OpenTopography

Presenter(s):  Mathew Beckley


The size and complexity of high resolution lidar topographic datasets can pose challenges for both end-users, as well as agencies tasked with curating these open datasets. OpenTopography is an initiative that strives to streamline hosting, discovery, and processing of lidar (and other topographic data) by leveraging high performance computing to enable data discovery, hosting and processing.   OpenTopography has partnered with several state and national agencies to increase the visibility, usage, and return on investment of their lidar collections. We will present several case studies demonstrating how streamlined access to lidar data  better serves organizational goals and stakeholders. With a growing user base of over 93,000 unique users, our goal is to continue to partner with public domain data holders to provide an intuitive platform for quick, and easy access to high resolution topographic data.

Key Takeaway: With an ever-expanding user base, established workflow, and easy-to-use suite of tools, partnering with OpenTopography is a great way for agencies to increase the visibility, accessibility, and overall value of their topographic data collections.

Intended Audience: The talk is geared towards state and local managers and analysts.  Our intention is to communicate the capabilities of OpenTopography and how we can assist state and local agencies deal with hosting, access, and analysis of topographic datasets.

About the presenter(s):

Matt Beckley is a data engineer with OpenTopography who assists with data ingestion, scripting, and overall user support. He has a background in geology and GIS, and has extensive experience in programming, data analysis, and data management. Matt was previously at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working with satellite and high altitude lidar missions. As part of his time at NASA he helped manage flight planning, weather prediction, and data analysis for airborne lidar missions over the Arctic and Antarctic.