Enhancing the impact of investments in lidar with OpenTopography
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.