Using the 3DEP BAA —Public Areas of Interest Project Collector Tool

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Lesson 11b: Using the 3DEP BAA- Public Areas of Interest Project Collector Tool - In this lesson, you will learn how to use the public areas of interest project collection tool to add your lidar project to the SeaSketch Demonstration Site for Federal Mapping Data Acquisition Coordination. 

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Location Taken: Augusta, ME, US

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This is Lesson 11b. In this lesson you will learn how use the public areas of interest project collection tool to add your lidar project to the SeaSketch Demonstration Site for Federal Mapping Data Acquisition Coordination.

The USGS is implementing the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to acquire new 3D elevation data for the Nation.  To that end the USGS began offering partnership funding in 2015 for lidar acquisition projects through a USGS Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).  The BAA is a competitive solicitation for partnerships to acquire lidar data.  BAA reference materials for potential partners will be found here.

In fiscal year 15, partnership funding was provided to support 29 projects, resulting in over 95,000 square miles of new lidar data.

In fiscal year 16 the BAA supported 29 projects resulting in 130,000 square miles of new data.

The USGS anticipates funding another round of projects in fiscal year 17.  The 3D Elevation Program and the Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping have established a system to share information about areas of interest and proposed and planned elevation projects.  The draft Federal requirements for the next BAA cycle and public areas of interest are available at the NOAA sponsored SeaSketch site.

All Federal agency and stakeholder areas of interest will be made available for viewing through this site to enable comparison and facilitate discussions with other 3D elevation program stakeholders.  The site includes:

  • Mapping Priorities, which are unfunded needs and requirements
  • Planned and Ongoing Mapping Projects, which are projects already underway or will be soon, and
  • Existing Data

Interested parties are encouraged to share their potential projects through this system. Projects should represent geographic areas under your consideration in the next 1 to 3 years. Sharing your potential project will let others know of your interest and may result in additional partners.  Lesson 11d provides more information on using SeaSketch.

Use the public areas of interest project collection tool to submit your project.  It is a simple form with a KML file or shapefile upload.   

https://survey.geoplatform.gov/index.php/994421/lang-en#

If you need to create a KML file or a shapefile, video lesson 11c provides quick methods for creating these files.

The USGS Definitions for Lidar Quality Levels are specified in detail in the USGS Lidar Base Specification.  (http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/11b4/).  While there are other important considerations, the quality levels are often distinguished by nominal pulse spacing and vertical accuracy requirements for the DEM.  These are the specifications for nominal pulse spacing and vertical accuracy.  3DEP projects will typically be quality level 2. 

Upload your shapefile or KML file and click on submit.

Within days your area of interest will appear in the SeaSketch Demonstration Site for Federal Mapping Data Acquisition Coordination.  To view your project open SeaSketch.

http://www.seasketch.org/#projecthomepage/5272840f6ec5f42d210016e4/layers

and expand Topographic Lidar 3DEP Areas of Interest which is the first item under Mapping Priorities: Needs and Requirements.  Expand state and local 3DEP Interest and check 3DEP Mapping Areas of interest.  Clicking on a project on the map will provide additional information about the project requirements.  

Your project will appear under state and local 3DEP Interest once it is processed with others from around the country.  Expand Federal 3DEP Interests to view federal interests.  Let’s look at what the USGS and FEMA have input as their areas of interest. 

 Trends begin to emerge regarding potential partnerships where areas of interest overlap or are in close proximity.  This information will facilitate the development of partnerships and make higher resolution elevation information cost-effective for everyone.

Lesson 11d provides an in depth discussion of how to fully utilize the capabilities of the SeaSketch interface.

This concludes lesson 11b.