Author: Vicki Lukas

Vicki Lukas

Vicki Lukas is the Chief of Topographic Data Services in the National Geospatial Program of the USGS, where she oversee the 3D Elevation Program and the National Hydrography Datasets of The National Map.

3D Elevation Program

Looking Back and Forward

In the early part of the decade, the idea to collect nationwide lidar sounded like an impossible dream to many. The cost of the data alone, estimated at $1B, seemed out of range for the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), which was operating at an annual budget of about $60M a year to produce national hydrography data and topographic maps as well as manage a national elevation program.