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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.