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LiDAR Elevation Data for Minnesota


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LiDAR ("Light Detection and Ranging") is an active remote sensing technology that uses laser light to detect and measure surface features on the earth. LiDAR-derived high-resolution elevation data products are available for all of Minnesota.


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Data Download

MnGeo's FTP Site

Help
Introductory documentation for the FTP site and the data; the main ones are listed below:

  1. readme_first.rtf:  Description of how the files on the FTP site are organized and what is in each folder.
  2. raw_LiDAR_Data_README.rtf:  Description of the tiled LiDAR point cloud information (LAS format) and the tiled file geodatabases storing derived information.
  3. county_mosaic_readme_first.rtf:  Description of the files in the county mosaics and tips for using them.
  4. watchme_first.swf:  Video (Flash format) describing the FTP site and tips to get started.
  5. LAS_File_Processing_Using_LASTOOLS:  How to work with LAS/LAZ data format and how to export to a neutral format that can be imported into other software such as AutoCAD.

Minnesota LiDAR Facebook page (publicly viewable)

ArcGIS 10.1 Toolbox (MnDNR)
Streamlines downloading and merging LiDAR data associated with a polygon of interest from within ArcGIS software
Requires ArcGIS 10.1 Service Pack 1 or above.

Hillshade layer (LiDAR-derived, black-and-white image) on MnGeo's WMS image service. Documentation


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Uses of LiDAR in Minnesota

Examples illustrating how LiDAR data is already being used in Minnesota:


 

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