The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Maine’s Economy

Fact Sheet 2023-3036



Inland flooding, sea-level rise, and pollution pose challenges for Maine’s infrastructure and natural resources. A highly detailed, three-dimensional (3D) model of the Earth’s surface is allowing the State of Maine to address these challenges in an increasingly comprehensive and timely manner. In addition, highly accurate elevation data facilitate land development, forest management, agricultural practices, and wildlife conservation, all of which are key pillars of Maine’s economy. Critical applications that meet the State’s management needs depend on light detection and ranging (lidar) data that provide a highly detailed 3D model of the Earth’s surface and aboveground features.

Suggested Citation

Walters, D.H., 2023, The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Maine’s economy: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2023–3036, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Forest Resources Management
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Maine’s economy
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2023-3036
DOI 10.3133/fs20233036
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State Maine
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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