USGS 3DEP LiDAR Point Clouds

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The goal of the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is to collect elevation data in the form of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, with data acquired over an 8-year period. This dataset provides two realizations of the 3DEP point cloud data. The first resource is a public access organization provided in Entwine Point Tiles format, which a lossless, full-density, streamable octree based on LASzip (LAZ) encoding. The second resource is a Requester Pays of the same data in LAZ (Compressed LAS) format. Resource names in both buckets correspond to the USGS project names.

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US Government Public Domain


Managed By

Hobu, Inc.

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Usage Examples

Tools & Applications

Resources on AWS

  • Description
    Public access Entwine Point Tiles of most resources from the arn:aws:s3:::usgs-lidar bucket.
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://usgs-lidar-public/ --no-sign-request
    STAC Catalog
  • Description
    A Requester Pays Bucket of Raw LAZ 1.4 3DEP data. Data in this bucket is more complete in coverage than the EPT bucket, but it is not a complete 3DEP mirror. Some resources in this bucket also have incomplete and missing coordinate system information, which is why they might not be mirrored into the EPT bucket.
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket Requester Pays
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region
    AWS CLI Access
    aws s3 ls s3://usgs-lidar/ --request-payer requester

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