CMGP Lidar Coordinator selected to serve as USGS Federal Point of Contact/Coordinator for 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study

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Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Geology Program and Chair of the USGS Lidar Points of Contact Working Group, was selected by the USGS National Geospatial Program to serve as the USGS Federal Point of Contact for the national 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study, coordinating survey nominations across Mission Areas and Regions and compiling responses.

Kicked off in late 2017, the 3D Nation Study will document and refine the requirements and benefits of the wide range of mission critical needs that depend on 3D elevation data to inform policy, regulation, scientific research, and management decisions. Such mission critical needs include flood risk management, infrastructure management, natural resources conservation, intermodal freight movement, safe maritime shipping and congestion avoidance, and updating nautical charts, among others. The 3D Nation Study builds on the original National Enhanced Elevation Assessment, which was key to informing the design of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to respond to the rapidly growing need for high-quality elevation data to represent the land surface. The new study will provide the ability to assess new acquisition technologies against user requirements and identify the tradeoffs between different approaches while simultaneously helping plan for the next round of 3DEP after nationwide coverage has been completed. Importantly, the study adds our inland rivers, oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes to the equation.