Thursday, April 03, 2014

Free LiDAR Data From Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS)

The Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS) is providing free LiDAR data products!

Background
The Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS) is the State of Missouri’s designated National Spatial Data Inventory (NSDI) clearinghouse node. In order to better serve Missouri’s geospatial data users, MSDIS is encouraging node partnerships with other interested distributers of geospatial data in the state. These associations will expand existing partnerships and encourage future collaborations with these partners. MSDIS is also looking to encourage other state academic institutions to partner to expand and leverage MSDIS’s relational network for further research, service and educational opportunities.

Through these efforts MSDIS hopes to build stronger affiliations and further relationships with many groups and entities wherein we can achieve more regionalized data inventory, integration, and warehousing for Missouri. This will also help to achieve further continuity of operations for the MSDIS.

In discussions dating to early 2008, Washington University in St. Louis, expressed an interest in working with MSDIS to further the geospatial goals of Missouri. MSDIS has identified an opportunity in the form of a significant increase in LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging) data being collected in the state. Almost 20% of the state has been collected – representing a total repository of approximately 1TB of data – with rapid growth in these acquisitions occurring in the near future.

LiDAR data products such as derived Digital Elevation Models are in increasing demand across Missouri. Washington University has performed a similar role in their support of NASA projects and associated terrain and image data warehousing. Washington University has the requisite personnel, expertise, data storage space, and server technologies to serve this data to the geospatial community. Under the auspices of MSDIS – and as its first State Clearinghouse Partnership Node, Washington University will act as a central repository for all of the State’s LiDAR raw and derived data products. They will serve the data as received – and provide associated links for inclusion within the MSDIS clearinghouse.

Go to LiDAR LAS Download Tool  (opens in new window)
Go to LiDAR DEM Download Tool  (opens in new window)

An increasing number of LiDAR data products have been made available to the public by various federal, state and local government entities. Hosting is provided in partnership with our state clearinghouse partnership node at Washington University, St. Louis.

LiDAR data products are here: ftp://lidar.wustl.edu/

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