Regional LiDAR

Digital elevation data based on light detection and ranging (LiDAR) is available from the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG). The USGS/USACE/MRCOG 2010 Regional LiDAR Project was a cooperatively funded project of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Albuquerque District, and the MRCOG. The project acquired high resolution LiDAR data in Spring 2010 for an area of approximately 1,233 square miles in Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia Counties, New Mexico. 

The Project focused on acquisition of 2-foot contour equivalent elevation data suitable for input into the National Elevation Dataset (NED) at 1/9 arc second resolution. Secondly, an area approximating the 500-year floodplain of the Rio Grande was identified for acquisition and processing for 1-foot contour equivalent terrain data. The data supports a variety of applications including: 

  • Alternative energy suitability analyses
  • Environmental resource assessment
  • Flood hazard analyses
  • Floodplain mapping
  • Geomorphic or vegetation studies
  • Hydrologic / hydraulic modeling
  • Infrastructure development
  • Land use planning

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