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Lidar Elevation Data for Minnesota: 2008-2012

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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.


Data Download

MnGeo's FTP Site

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. 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.

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

Areas Covered:

Education and Training


Uses of Lidar in Minnesota

Examples illustrating how lidar data is being used in Minnesota:


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