3D Elevation Program

What is 3DEP Goal​: First-ever Baseline elevation data

​The goal of 3DEP is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) in 8 years to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds – collected in a timeframe of less than a decade.​

3DEP Data Acquisition Information:


3DEP Committees and Working Groups:

3DEP Website:



Updated on July 2, 2019
Elevation Theme

Community Type: NGDA

Sponsor: FGDC

Sponsor Email: NGDATeam@fgdc.gov

Theme Lead Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Theme Lead: Ashley Chappell (NOAA), Diane Eldridge (USGS)