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NELIDAR Data Acquisition & Use

LIDAR Data Acquisition and Use

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Improved Topographic Data

The topographic data currently available for much of the Massachusetts coastal region is inadequate for analysis of site-based coastal water resources, their threats and opportunities for conservation. Improved topographic data would save money and time required to obtain measurements of tidal basins and infrastructure.

Such data would also help landowners and government agencies to develop conservation plans, create and restore wetlands, restore and manage other natural ecosystems, as well as advise on stormwater remediation, nutrient and animal waste management and watershed planning. The collection of improved topographic data supports the mission of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

NELIDAR Partnership

The NELIDAR project consists of two phases:

  • Phase 1 is funded by a $1.4 million USGS American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant.
  • Phase 2 work being paid for by a consortium of non-profit, state and federal agencies. The consortium funds LIDAR acquisition and product development for adjacent areas and enhanced-specification products within the greater project area. As part of Phase 2, NRCS Massachusetts is funding the acquisition of enhanced-specification LIDAR for Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

To comply with their key mission goals, several public agencies await completion of the Barnstable County LIDAR dataset:

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