OpenTopography at the 2023 AGU Meeting

Dec 4, 2023

Connect with OpenTopography at the 2023 American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, CA! OpenTopography will be in booth #214 in the "NSF Neighborhood" in the exhibit hall. Our booth is staffed by the OpenTopography team and is a great chance to ask questions, provide feedback, or to discuss lidar, high resolution topography, and cyberinfrastructure.

Stop by the booth to see the latest in OpenTopography:

  • On-demand vertical differencing of USGS 3DEP and NOAA lidar topography: This update makes it possible to use OpenTopography's tools to compute topographic change for more than 20% of the contiguous United States that are covered by more than one high resolution lidar topographic dataset. These large-scale, approaching nationwide, collections of high resolution topographic data provide immense opportunities to explore how the Earth's surface, vegetation, and built environment has changed.
  • Programmatic access to cloud-hosted USGS 3DEP lidar data: A new suite of Jupyter Notebooks enables access and enhances usability of USGS 3DEP lidar data through easy-to-use programmatic workflows, including customized functionality leveraging cloud resources, USGS Web Map Service APIs, and open-source Python libraries. Each workflow is tailored for a specific use-case and includes custom functions for accessing, processing, visualizing, and downloading point cloud and raster products for user-defined areas of interest (AOIs).
  • New data: In the past year we've added ~43 new high resolution datasets covering thousands of square kilometers on several continents, in addition to ~48 datasets in the Community Dataspace.

We'll also be giving away the popular I heart lidar stickers, as well as OpenTopography logo stickers and bookmarks. Please stop by and say hi!


OpenTopography will be honored at the AGU Honors Ceremony & Banquet for receiving the inaugural Open Science Recognition Prize. The Honors Ceremony is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, 13 December 2023 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the George R. Moscone Center North Building – Hall E. The ticketed Honors Banquet will follow from 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM in the Marriott Marquis San Francisco Yerba Buena Ballroom.

OpenTopography-Related Presentations:

Zawacki et al.: ED11D-0793 Communicating Science Through Short-Form Video on Social Media (TikTok, Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts): Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Geoscience Communicators (Invited) Monday, 11 December 2023, 8:30 AM - 12:50 PM, Poster Hall A-C - South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

Chen et al.: EP13F-1840 Segmenting geologic landforms using zero-shot deep learning and lidar topography Monday, 11 December 2023, 14:10 - 18:30 (2:10 - 6:30 PM), Poster Hall A-C - South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

Crosby et al.: U24B - Open Science Recognition Prize Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 16:05 - 16:45 (4:05 - 4:45 PM), 3018 - West (Level 3, West, MC)

Nandigam et al.: IN41B-0591 Advancing Geospatial Data Accessibility and Reuse by Adoption of FAIR Principles in OpenTopography Thursday, 14 December 2023, 8:30 AM - 12:50 PM, Poster Hall A-C - South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

Stocks et al.: IN43A-05 User Registration and Authentication - Considerations for Data Repositories (Invited) Thursday, 14 December 2023, 14:52 - 15:02 (2:52 - 3:02 PM), 2014 - West (Level 2, West, MC)

Exhibit hall hours are: Monday, 11 December, 3:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 December, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. Thursday, 14 December, 10 A.M.–1:00 P.M.

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