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USGS Updates

Mar 23 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
202 AB

USGS Updates

Track Names: Monday 4:00 - 5:00, USGS UPDATE
Session Date: Mar 23 2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

3DEP - A Vision for the Next Generation

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
The goal of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is to complete the acquisition of lidar data (IfSAR for Alaska) by 2023 to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent, high-resolution elevation data in less than a decade. Since the inception of the program, strong progress towards the goal has been made through extensive partnerships with Federal, State, local, tribal and other organizations. With 3DEP-quality data available or in progress for about 61 percent of the Nation as of the end of Fiscal Year 2019, it is time to envision and begin taking steps towards the next generation of the program. This presentation will provide an overview of the USGS vision for the development of topographic information, including elevation and hydrography data, following the completion of the first national 3DEP baseline.


The 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study - Preliminary Results

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
NOAA and USGS are leading the 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study which aims to understand the nationwide requirements and benefits of elevation data both on land and underwater. This presentation will explain the 3D Nation Study background and goals, which include refreshing the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment to plan for the next generation of 3DEP after nationwide coverage has been completed, understanding the requirements and benefits of inland, nearshore, and offshore bathymetric data, and understanding how those requirements and benefits dovetail in the coastal zone. Stakeholders for this study include Federal, State, local, Tribal, non-profit, academia, and private organizations and agencies. The preliminary results will include a summation of the study participants, identified mission critical activities to be supported by elevation data, data requirements for the different geographic areas of interest in an integrated national elevation dataset, and the future benefits that could be realized if national programs could meet some or all of the stated requirements for elevation data.


Allyson Jason

US Geological Survey

Technology for a changing 3DEP- what’s next?

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
After the first national 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) baseline is completed, the 3DEP will need to maximize benefits influenced by change, and shift focus to new and possibly previously unused operational technologies. Informed by the results of the 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study, this presentation will present a vision toward maximizing benefits of understanding three-dimensional change from the 3DEP baseline. To attempt this we are looking to employ a multi-modal technology strategy, as well as a new way to test and accept new technologies to be evaluated for 3DEP use. We will cover this future vision and the use of Operational Readiness Levels for assessing proposed technologies as well as data management strategies for optimizing change detection.


Q&A and panel discussions with session presenters

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
There will be a 30 minute Q&A /panel discussion with the presenters of the USGS Updates session. Mike Tischler, Director of the National Geospatial Program at USGS will Moderate the session and panel discussion.



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