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Northeast LIDAR (NELIDAR) Project

With the Northeast LIDAR (NELIDAR) project, the USGS will acquire accurate, high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data for coastal areas of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The LIDAR data will be processed to produce a classified point cloud, bare-earth elevation models and related products.

When combined with existing data, the project will yield high resolution elevation data for a continuous swath from Manhattan, New York to Cobscook Bay, Maine including all coastal towns in the region, towns adjacent to major tidal rivers, and other areas deemed important to the project partners.

The project will produce LIDAR data and elevation products for areas totaling 8,227 square miles. Project partners will provide data covering an additional 4,582 square miles for a total project area of 12,809 square miles.

All of the data will be compiled for submission to the National Elevation Database (NED) and the Center for LIDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK).

In addition to the normal USGS LIDAR distribution systems, the Barnstable County LIDAR dataset will be served online by NRCS using state-of-the-art Qcoherent LIDAR Server and Silverlight technologies. These tools will allow users faster access to the datasets. Links to demonstrations of the Qcoherent server technology are available on our resources page.

Links to available data will be posted on our data page. Please check back soon!

Read more about the NELIDAR Project:

LIDAR data acquisition and use Supplemental ground control
Enhanced specifications for Cape Cod LIDAR Data, resources and documents
Map depicting areas that are part of the Northeast LIDAR Project
Map depicting areas that are part of the Northeast LIDAR Project

For more information, contact:

Aaron Dushku, State GIS Specialist, NRCS Massachusetts | 978-692-1904 x109
319 Littleton Rd, Suite 205, Westford, Massachusetts 01886