Lidar Shines in Northern Nevada

by Jay Johnson (ArcUser, Spring 2019, pages 54–57)

A message from Rich Koehler, NBMG: The lidar data set NBMG was instrumental in acquiring through the USGS 3DEP program is featured in an article in ArcUser magazine.  It highlights how our local municipality is using the data and encourages other cities to get involved with the 3DEP program.

Read the entire article here:

Excerpts from article: “Turning a terabyte (TB) of lidar data into ready-to-use GIS products can be quite challenging.  In this article, I share the strategies I used to transform lidar data into GIS products to benefit Washoe County, Nevada.”

“In 2017, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), in cooperation with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) and local cooperators, flew a lidar mission to collect quality level 1 (QL1) and quality level 2 (QL2) LAS data across more than 1,500 square miles covering Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and surrounding areas in northern Nevada. Local cooperators included the Washoe County Regional Basemap Committee (Washoe County, City of Reno, City of Sparks, and NV Energy), US Forest Service, Lyon County, and Storey County.

Here are a few articles sent in previous NBMG emails that explain the background of the lidar acquisition project and data that is now publicly available.

Researchers made 3D laser maps of northern Nevada and the data is available to anyone online

Reno Gazette Journal, 12/21/18, by Benjamin Spillman
This story includes a video interview: “Researcher Seth Dee of University of Nevada explains how recently made LiDAR maps of Reno and Carson City will help Nevadans for years to come.

Revealing our dynamic landscape through new high-resolution topographic data: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology’s regional-scale lidar mapping provides novel insights into earthquake, flood and glacial history
Nevada Today, 12/18/2018, by: Jane Tors

Below the Neon: Reno’s Bare Earth
Recent RenoSparksCarson City Lidar Acquisition Project
Story maps provide an excellent means for NBMG staff to share information about programs and activities throughout Nevada with the public. NBMG Cartography and GIS group members Irene Seelye and Rachel Micander have created a story map documenting the recent lidar acquisition in the greater Reno–Sparks–Carson City area. This story map, titled “Reno’s Bare Earth: Below the Neon,” documents the differences between various quality levels of lidar data, air photos, and the bare earth data that are obtained with lidar. This recent lidar acquisition was made possible with matching funds from the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation at the University of Nevada, Reno and through partnerships with the Washoe Regional Basemap Committee, the US Forest Service, Lyon County, and Storey County.

Read more about the plan, collaborators, and the final products here:

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