LiDAR data update: NoCal Hillshades in Google Earth

Nov 12, 2008

David Phillips, GeoEarthScope Project Manager, distributed an email announcement today about the Google Earth Northern California GeoEarthScope LiDAR hillshades that are available via OpenTopography:

We are pleased to announce that GeoEarthScope airborne LiDAR hillshades for the Northern California dataset can now be viewed in Google Earth. This new functionality, developed by GEON and USGS Menlo Park, makes it much easier to access and explore this rich dataset. In the words of Tom Brocher: "I think you'll be impressed with this easy new way to view the bare earth LiDAR imagery from the GeoEarthscope survey in 2007. No knowledge of GIS is needed to view the processed images!" Download the KML file from one of the following sites:

For advanced users and analyses, GIS-ready DEM files and raw point cloud data and analysis tools are available from GEON's newly released OpenTopography Portal (

Other GeoEarthScope LiDAR datasets are currently being processed and will become available in the coming months. The next release will include data from the Garlock fault, followed by other SoCal targets as well as Yellowstone, Pacific NW, Tetons, Wasatch and Alaska. Please note that in addition to the National Science Foundation funded GeoEarthScope project, the San Francisco Public Utility Commission, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and the USGS Earthquake Program provided financial support for the LiDAR survey of the Hayward, San Andreas, and Calaveras Faults in northern California.

Best regards,
David Phillips and the GeoEarthScope LiDAR team

David A. Phillips, Ph.D.
Project Manager, Geodetic Imaging
6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Tel: 303-381-7471, Fax: 303-381-7451