The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Ohio’s Economy

Fact Sheet 2024-3017



High-quality elevation data are proving to be a resource of great economic value in dealing with many important issues in Ohio. Current and accurate high-resolution elevation data support flood risk management, water quantity and quality assessment, precision farming, conservation planning, impervious-surface modeling, forest and other natural resources management, abandoned mine and geologic hazard assessment, karst mapping, and siting of wellhead pads for horizontal drilling. These data also support coastal zone management, traffic safety and preliminary engineering site-selection studies for transportation infrastructure, solar potential and other renewable energy planning, aviation safety, and identification of features of interest or concern such as archaeological sites and orphan oil and gas wells. 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

Hickman, C.E., 2024, The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Ohio's economy: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2024–3017, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Status of 3DEP in Ohio
  • Water Supply and Quality
  • Infrastructure and Construction Management
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Geologic Resource Assessment and Hazard Mitigation
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting Ohio's economy
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2024-3017
DOI 10.3133/fs20243017
Year Published 2024
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State Ohio
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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