OpenTopography has recently added a new structure from motion (SfM) dataset over Mount Rainier in Washington State. This dataset was collected by the National Park Service Mount Rainier (MORA) Geology Division in cooperation with the Alaska Region Office (AKRO) in September 2021. This dataset provides a unique, high-resolution survey of the geology, glaciology and overall topography of Mt Rainier and its surrounding areas. Both the digital surface model and component orthophotos are available through OpenTopography.
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In response to The Great Vermont Flood of 10-11 July 2023, and recent devastating wildfires on Maui, HI, OpenTopography is temporarily removing our academic user restriction on our value-added services applied to open USGS 3D Elevation Project (3DEP) and NOAA Coastal lidar datasets for the state of Vermont and the island of Maui.
Pima Association of Governments (PAG) has partnered with OpenTopography to make the most recent high-quality USGS 3DEP light detection and ranging (lidar) dataset over Pima County, Arizona “open access” via OpenTopography - an online, public, geospatial data portal. Lidar is a remote sensing method used to create high resolution three-dimensional representations of the Earth's surface, including buildings, streets, vegetation, and the ground.
The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to work with the US Geological Survey’s Powell Center group on National Topographic Change.
OpenTopography has recently added three new datasets over New Zealand that collectively cover almost 12,000 km 2. The datasets cover the Southeast coast and the Tasman and Nelson regions of the South Island, as well as the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island. These datasets are available through an ongoing collaboration between OpenTopography and LINZ that makes OpenTopography the primary distribution platform for point cloud data collected as part of the LINZ national elevation program.
The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Level 3 gridded mean ground elevation and mean canopy height are now available through OpenTopography. These products are a subset of the level 3 gridded land surface metrics that are available from the NASA ORNL DAAC. The GEDI instrument is onboard the International Space Station, resulting in data coverage from -52 to 52 degrees latitude.
OpenTopography will be hiring at least one Data Science intern this summer via the EarthScope Student Careers Internship Program (formerly known as USIP). The intern(s) will work with the OpenTopography team to develop workflows and services related to processing, analysis, and/or visualization of topographic data managed by OpenTopography (https://opentopography.org/).
OpenTopography has recently added 3 new datasets over New Zealand that collectively cover over 28,000 km 2. The datasets cover the Canterbury region of the South Island, and the Taranaki and Northland regions of the North Island. These datasets are available through an ongoing collaboration between OpenTopography and LINZ that makes OpenTopography the primary distribution platform for point cloud data collected as part of the LINZ national elevation program.
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