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Fact Sheet 2013–3032

The 3D Elevation Program—Summary for Wisconsin

By William J. Carswell, Jr.

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Elevation data are essential to a broad range of applications, including forest resources management, wildlife and habitat management, national security, recreation, and many others. For the State of Wisconsin, elevation data are critical for agriculture and precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. Today, high-quality light detection and ranging (lidar) data are the sources for creating elevation models and other elevation datasets. Federal, State, and local agencies work in partnership to (1) replace data, on a national basis, that are (on average) 30 years old and of lower quality and (2) provide coverage where publicly accessible data do not exist. A joint goal of State and Federal partners is to acquire consistent, statewide coverage to support existing and emerging applications enabled by lidar data. The new 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative, managed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), responds to the growing need for high-quality topographic data and a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

First posted June 6, 2013

Revised June 13, 2013

For additional information contact:
Mark DeMulder, Chief, National Geospatial Program
U.S. Geological Survey
511 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Email: mdemulder@usgs.gov

Or

Ron Wencl, USGS Geospatial Liaison
U.S. Geological Survey
2280 Woodale Drive
Mounds View, MN 55112
Email: rwencl@usgs.gov

http://nationalmap.gov/3DEP/

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Suggested citation:

Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2013, The 3D Elevation Program—Summary for Wisconsin (version 1.1, June 13, 2013): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3032, 2 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3032.



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