[unav_all] LiDAR data update: NoCal Hillshades in Google Earth

David A. Phillips phillips at unavco.org
Tue Nov 11 16:22:58 MST 2008

We are pleased to announce that GeoEarthScope airborne LiDAR  
hillshades for the Northern California dataset can now be viewed in  
Google Earth.  This new functionality, developed by GEON and USGS  
Menlo Park, makes it much easier to access and explore this rich  
dataset.  In the words of Tom Brocher: "I think you'll be impressed  
with this easy new way to view the bare earth LiDAR imagery from the  
GeoEarthscope survey in 2007.  No knowledge of GIS is needed to view  
the processed images!"  Download the KML file from one of the  
following sites:


For advanced users and analyses, GIS-ready DEM files and raw point  
cloud data and analysis tools are available from GEON's newly released  
OpenTopography Portal (http://www.opentopography.org)

Other GeoEarthScope LiDAR datasets are currently being processed and  
will become available in the coming months.  The next release will  
include data from the Garlock fault, followed by other SoCal targets  
as well as Yellowstone, Pacific NW, Tetons, Wasatch and Alaska.   
Please note that in addition to the National Science Foundation funded  
GeoEarthScope project,  the San Francisco Public Utility Commission,  
the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and the USGS Earthquake Program  
provided financial support for the LiDAR survey of the Hayward, San  
Andreas, and Calaveras Faults in northern California.

Best regards,
David Phillips and the GeoEarthScope LiDAR team

   David A. Phillips, Ph.D.
   Project Manager, Geodetic Imaging
   6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
   Tel: 303-381-7471, Fax: 303-381-7451
   phillips at unavco.org

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