The benefits of improved national elevation data

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing


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This article describes how the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) has identified substantial benefits that could come about if improved elevation data were publicly available for current and emerging applications and business uses such as renewable energy, precision agriculture, and intelligent vehicle navigation and safety. In order to support these diverse needs, new national elevation data with higher resolution and accuracy are needed. The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative was developed to meet the majority of these needs and it is expected that 3DEP will result in new, unimagined information services that would result in job growth and the transformation of the geospatial community. Private-sector data collection companies are continuously evolving sensors and positioning technologies that are needed to collect improved elevation data. An initiative of this scope might also provide an opportunity for companies to improve their capabilities and produce even higher data quality and consistency at a pace that might not have otherwise occurred.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The benefits of improved national elevation data
Series title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume 79
Issue 2
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher ASPRS
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description 6 p.
First page 105
Last page 110