Lidar for Iowa

Iowa elevation data is more than 10 years old or more in many parts of Iowa. Current elevation meeting federal agency standards for collection resolution and accuracy are necessary to meet flood risk, planning and agricultural business needs of state, local and federal agencies. The lidar for Iowa Project seeks to acquire point cloud data at a minimum of 2 points per square meter to produce a 1-meter digital elevation surface and other elevation products for Iowa partners. The project is estimated to take 3-5 years and cost $10-13 million. Additional efforts related to derived products like contours, hydro-enforced elevation models, and other products will be needed to adequately meet partner business needs.

Statewide High Resolution Elevation (LIDAR) Plan for Iowa