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3D Elevation Program

To respond to growing needs for high-quality elevation data, the goal of 3DEP is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution topographic elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds.


3D Elevation Program FY24 Partnerships
This map of the United States and its territories shows geographic extent of planned, existing and in-progress of FY24 3DEP data acquisition projects. 
FY23 Status of 3DEP Quality Data
Map showing FY23 Status of 3DEP Quality Data as of September 30, 2023
3DEP Quality Data by Collection Year
Map showing Status of 3DEP Quality Data by Collection Year as of September 30, 2023



The USGS and partners launch World Lidar Day Feb. 12 at Geo Week Conference in Denver


Lidar Base Specification 2023 rev. A is now available


USGS announces elevation and hydrography data acquisition partnership opportunities.


The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Oregon's economy

IntroductionOregon’s physical environments and vegetation are diverse. The varied geologic and climatic conditions combined with increasing population have created the need for high-quality elevation data that can be used for infrastructure management, forestry and wildfire management, agriculture, natural resources conservation, and other business uses. Critical applications that meet the State’s
Tom Carlson

The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Arkansas's economy

Introduction In recent years, Arkansas has coordinated with Federal and local partners to improve the quality and availability of high-resolution elevation data for the State. With high-quality elevation data, Arkansas can improve services offered to the public and within government, resulting in better quality of life, improved public safety, and higher return on investments. Elevation data are b
Chris Cretini

The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Washington's economy

Washington State has a geographically diverse and spectacular landscape that is divided to the east and west by the largely volcanic mountains of the Cascade Range. Approximately 88 percent of the population lives in western Washington, mostly in urban areas. The climate is varied, with high precipitation and seasonal flooding in the western part of the State, while drier conditions are found east
Tom Carlson