Support OpenTopography

The mission of the OpenTopography is to:

  • Democratize online access to high-resolution (meter to sub-meter scale), Earth science-oriented, topography data acquired with lidar and other technologies.
  • Harness cutting edge cyberinfrastructure to provide Web service-based data access, processing, and analysis capabilities that are scalable, extensible, and innovative.
  • Promote discovery of data and software tools through community populated metadata catalogs.
  • Partner with public domain data holders to leverage OpenTopography infrastructure for data discovery, hosting and processing.
  • Provide professional training and expert guidance in data management, processing, and analysis.
  • Foster interaction and knowledge exchange in the Earth science lidar user community.

If you value open access to high resolution topographic data for your work, please consider supporting the OpenTopography mission by making a tax deductible donation to the OpenTopography Research Gift Fund at UCSD. Your gift to OpenTopography sustains our efforts to make new and diverse data available, and enables ongoing technical developments, and education and outreach.

To make a donation by mail, please send your check (payable to "UC San Diego Foundation") to:

OpenTopography Research Gift Fund
UCSD Gift Processing
9500 Gilman Drive, #0940
La Jolla, CA 92093-0940

Thank you for supporting OpenTopography!

If you would like more information about these and other opportunities to support the OpenTopography mission, please email