Federal agencies, academia, communities, and the private sector are collaborating on advanced US mapping data as part of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). Look what these maps can do.
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Lidar in action
(Source: North Carolina Dept. of Public Safety)
3DEP uses lidar remote sensing technology to acquire and distribute 3D data, including surface elevations and natural and constructed features. Lidar measures distance by pointing a laser at a target and analyzing the reflected light.
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