USGS seeks to create LiDAR-based map of U.S. elevations

03/5/2014 | Government Computer News

The U.S. Geological Survey is collecting high-resolution elevation data for the entire country as part of a project to create baseline 3D maps for a range of uses including monitoring forest biomass and crop health. The collection effort is being done using light detection and ranging technology, except in Alaska, where size and constant cloud cover have required the agency to use the less accurate interferometric synthetic aperture radar.

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