USGS Center for LIDAR

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About the USGS Center for LIDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge


The USGS National Elevation Dataset (NED) has been developed by merging the highest-resolution, best quality elevation data available across the United States into a seamless raster format. NED is the result of the maturation of the USGS effort to provide 1:24,000-scale Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data for the conterminous US and 1:63,360-scale DEM data for Alaska. The dataset provides seamless coverage of the United States, HI, AK, and the island territories. NED has a consistent projection (Geographic), resolution (1 arc second), and elevation units (meters). The horizontal datum is NAD83, except for AK, which is NAD27. The vertical datum is NAVD88, except for AK, which is NAVD29. NED is a living dataset that is updated bimonthly to incorporate the "best available" DEM data. As more 1/3 arc second (10m) data covers the US, then this will also be a seamless dataset.

Access the Data

The main LIDAR data

Historical Elevation Data

USGS Historical Elevation Data

Seamless Server

USGS Seamless Server

The main website for the USGS

US Geological Survey

Contents of the Data

Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) point cloud data.