Four images created with 3DEP-quality lidar and IfSAR technology by the 3D Elevation Program

3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

FY20/21 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)  Information Sharing Site

What is 3DEP?

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Geospatial Program developed the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to respond to the growing needs for high-quality elevation data.  3DEP’s goal is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) by 2023 to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds.

Additional 3DEP resources may be found at


3DEP Partnership Opportunities

The upcoming FY20/21 Broad Agency Announcement webpage may be found by visiting Information and contacts will be posted to and

The BAA provides detailed information on how to partner with the USGS and other Federal agencies to acquire high-quality 3D Elevation data. Applicants may contribute funds toward a USGS lidar data acquisition activity via the Geospatial Products and Services Contracts (GPSC) or they may request 3DEP funds toward a lidar data acquisition activity where the requesting partner is the acquiring authority.

Federal agencies, State and local governments, Tribes, academic institutions and the private sector are eligible to submit proposals. This page will be updated with release dates and additional information as it becomes available.  Additional information may be at

Annual Public Webinar – Learn more about how to apply for partnership funds or attend a meeting discussing 3DEP in your geographic area of interest

View the Proposed Collection Areas – Look for an opportunity to partner with Federal agency and other stakeholders on proposed projects in your geographic area of interest

Propose an Area of Interest – Share your plans and areas of interest with other stakeholders in your geographic area of interest


Past Awards

Updated on August 19, 2020
Elevation Theme

Community Type: NGDA

Sponsor: FGDC

Sponsor Email:

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

Theme Lead: Ashley Chappell (NOAA), Sue Buto (USGS)