Illinois Clearinghouse Offers LiDAR Data

The Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse recently announced the availability of DTMs, DEMs and Digital Surface Models for select counties in the state of Illinois. These are based on classified LiDAR data and are available in ArcGrid format. The data was acquired between 2008 and 2012 as part of their height modernization program.

This is an excellent example of how LiDAR data is being made available to the public.

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3 Responses to Illinois Clearinghouse Offers LiDAR Data

  1. doug newcomb says:

    Cool! No option for LAS file download, though.

  2. Thanks for the post Gene. That is great news.

  3. Yes, this is an excellent example on how to provide the public with open access to gridded elevation products. But I think it makes a poor example of how to make LiDAR data available to the public. In order to harvest the creativity of the public and spark innovative new uses of LiDAR we need open access to the raw point cloud data. In terms of “open LiDAR” it is the DNR Minnesota, the National Land Survey of Finland, NOAA, OpenTopography, and a few others that are a better example …

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