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Date published: September 17, 2020

Multiagency Initiative Begins Work on Critical Minerals and Geothermal Energy Research in Nevada

A multiagency partnership led by the USGS and the Department of Energy seeks to shed light on lithium and other critical mineral resource potential as well as geothermal energy potential in western Nevada

Date published: September 16, 2020

USGS and EERE: Collaborating to Strengthen America’s Energy and Resource Independence

In a joint blog post hosted by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Rewenable Energy, DOE EERE Assistant Secretary Dan Simmons and Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tim Petty announce a new partnership for geothermal energy and critical mineral research in western Nevada.

August 28, 2020

Lidar Base Specification 2020 rev. A is now available

The 3DEP Lidar Base Specification 2020 rev. A is now available! 

This release of the Lidar Base Specification (LBS) introduces a new version naming convention to aid in tracking revisions and to clarify the year of release. This and following releases will labeled with "YYYY rev. L" where YYYY is the year of the release and L is a letter corresponding to the order of the release. 

July 23, 2020

3DEP Lidar Base Spec News - Vol. 1 | Issue 2

The status of some of the Lidar Base Specification revisions has changed since the last newsletter. 

Changes:

Vertical accuracy assessment using ground points: approved by ESRB

Swath Separation Images: New requirement, approved by ESRB

Date published: July 13, 2020

USGS Specifications for Deriving Hydrography from Elevation Data are Now Available

The USGS has released specifications for deriving hydrography from elevation data for use in updating the National Hydrography Dataset.

June 16, 2020

3DEP Lidar Base Spec News - Vol. 1 | Issue 1

The 3DEP Lidar Base Spec Newsletter will announce updates to the Lidar Base Specification Revision Status page

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The most recent updates to the specification are listed below.

Date published: March 6, 2020

2020 Lidar Partnership Awards Announced

Collaboration continues to move the 3D Elevation Program forward.

Date published: October 24, 2019

USGS Releases New Lidar Base Specification

The U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new version of the USGS Lidar Base Specification (LBS) that defines deliverables for nationally consistent lidar data acquisitions.

Date published: October 23, 2019

FY20 U.S. Geological Survey Broad Agency Announcement for 3D Elevation Program Released

Partnership opportunities for the acquisition of lidar data issued.

Date published: October 23, 2019

USGS Digital Elevation Models (DEM) Switching to New Distribution Format

In support of ongoing efforts to provide efficient, cloud ready, open data formats, the U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program is announcing plans to migrate its 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Digital Elevation Models (DEM) to a new data delivery format called Cloud Optimized Geotiff (COG) during the first half of fiscal year 2020.

Date published: August 8, 2019

New YouTube Lessons on Using 3DEP Data and NHD Topics

Users of The National Map can get more assistance on using products and services with the release of new online, instructional videos.

Date published: February 7, 2019

USGS 3DEP Lidar Point Cloud Now Available as Amazon Public Dataset

The USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is excited to announce the availability of a new way to access and process lidar point cloud data from the 3DEP repository.