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The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Washington's economy

May 5, 2023

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 of the Cascades. Where the terrain is mountainous, the dominant vegetation is coniferous forests, which are prone to frequent seasonal fires. The climate and land use in combination with a dynamic geology result in frequent landslides. Washington has the second highest risk, after California, of large and damaging earthquakes because of its geologic setting. Critical applications that meet the State’s management needs depend on light detection and ranging (lidar) data that provide a highly detailed three-dimensional (3D) model of the Earth’s surface and aboveground features.

Publication Year 2023
Title The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Washington's economy
DOI 10.3133/fs20223075
Authors Tom Carlson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2022-3075
Index ID fs20223075
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Geospatial Program