Chief, NGP Topographic Data Services
U.S. Geological Survey
BiographyVicki Lukas is the Chief of Topographic Data Services in the National Geospatial Program of the USGS, where she helped initiate and oversees the 3D Elevation Program along with the National Hydrography Datasets of The National Map. Vicki has over 25 years of experience as a Geographer at the USGS. Vicki has been the project lead on multiple mapping coordination initiatives, including the 3DEP Executive Forum and the Alaska Mapping Roundtable and Executive Committee.AbstractThe USGS 3D Elevation Program - Current and Future DirectionsThe goal of 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is to complete acquisition of nationwide LIDAR (IfSAR in AK) by 2023 to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data - both bare earth and 3D point clouds - collected in a timeframe of less than a decade. 3DEP is based on the results of the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) that documented more than 600 business uses across government, private and non-profit organizations. If fully funded, 3DEP will provide a return on investment of 5:1 with conservative annual benefits of $690M.
As we celebrate reaching 67% of the Nation with 3DEP-quality data available or in progress, we must also consider the challenges of growing needs for higher quality data, repeat coverage, and new products and services. The 3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study builds on the NEEA study, and adds documentation of needs for data on inland rivers and water bodies, oceans, and coasts to inform the design of future programs. The 3D Nation concept serves as a unifying structure for national elevation efforts that unites terrestrial and coastal/ocean mapping from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans.