Do LIDAR datasets freely available from multiple providers via the Internet make an excellent source for working with LIDAR data in LP360? In addition, with the new volumetric analysis tools and some additional analysis tools already found in LP360, these free source datasets can make for a convenient means of performing change detection in project areas.
Thanks in large part to federal government agencies, such as the United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), LIDAR datasets for large portions of the United States, particularly along the coastline, are available for free. The data is typically available tiled and has generally already been classified to some level of classification. The extent and reliability of this classification may vary greatly, depending upon the source, as some of the data may just be classified for bare earth, while other data has had additional classification of features performed.
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