The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Missouri’s Economy

Fact Sheet 2023-3042



Because of its geography, Missouri is frequently subject to natural disasters. Ice storms, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding are all common occurrences. Since 1990, Missouri has received 40 Federal major disaster declarations. Floods and droughts severely affect the State’s agriculture, which is a leading industry. Another potential major hazard is the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ), located in southeastern Missouri. Because Missouri is a major producer of lead, manufacturing and mining are very important to the State’s economy, as are restoring and reclaiming lands damaged by historical mining activities. Critical applications that meet the State’s management needs depend on light detection and ranging (lidar) data that provide a highly detailed three-dimensional (3D) model of the Earth’s surface and aboveground features.

Suggested Citation

Nail, D.S., 2023, The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Missouri’s economy: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2023–3042, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Status of 3DEP in Missouri
  • Agriculture and Precision Farming
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Geologic Resource Assessment and Hazard Mitigation
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Missouri’s economy
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2023-3042
DOI 10.3133/fs20233042
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 Missouri
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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