Archive for February, 2013

The University of Minnesota – Southwest Region – Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP) will be delivering four FREE workshops on using LiDAR for conservation purposes in March and August 2013 in Marshall and Morris, MN locations. Developed originally as an LCCMR project titled “Conservation Applications of LiDAR“, this workshop has been delivered throughout Minnesota with great success as evaluated by workshop participants.   

Minnesota conservation agencies are increasingly targeting conservation grant funding to high priority areas.  Grant applications often require GIS based analysis to identify the vulnerability of landscapes where conservation measures are proposed.  This course will teach participants how to use LiDAR based data to target best management practices to the most critical landscapes and improve the competitiveness of conservation grant proposal applications.

Please fill out the registration form and return via email to Joel Nelson (nels1945@umn.edu), as space is limited and classes are filling.  All questions and comments may also be directed to Joel.

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Go to the following link to see an updated map (thanks Katie!) of LiDAR Data the Wi-DNR is aware of: 


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Check out the following link (thanks Ron) to learn about potential elevation datasets in your area of interest:

US Interagency Elevation Inventory (http://www.csc.noaa.gov/inventory/)

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 10:00 am to 11:00 am CST

To watch the live webinar, go to: https://umconnect.umn.edu/lidartools
You will be able to submit questions during the webinar.
(Test the link ahead of time. We will not be able to provide technical support during the webinar.)
The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing.

Who is the webinar for?
Experienced ArcGIS users familiar with using LiDAR data who will do hydrologic and terrain analysis of the data.

Who is the presenter?
Peter Mead (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Red River Basin Initiative) is the primary author of the tools he will be presenting. Peter specializes in developing and applying automated approaches to watershed assessment and terrain analysis for conservation planners, hydrologists, engineers and other GIS users.

What will be covered?
Peter will describe a set of free python-based ArcGIS tools available for hydrologic and topographic analyses of LiDAR data. The tools are written for ArcGIS 9.3 and 10.x using Spatial and 3D Analyst extensions for the following tasks:

  • Conditioning  LiDAR-derived DEMs to include culverts, and (optionally) walls and breachlines,
  • Isolating “hydrologically-true” depressional sinks and their contributing area in given precipitation events,
  • Examining topographic suitability for water-retention and flood damage reduction projects,
  • Evaluating DEMs and additional terrain attributes for water quality and water quantity applications,
  • Delineating watersheds and deriving hydrologic attributes for conservation planning.

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 February 27, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Participate in the webinar for a focus on one aspect of GIS, LiDAR data and its derivatives. The webinar will start with a basic introduction to LiDAR and continue with examples from three states. The examples illustrate (1) the improvements that LiDAR-derived data make in field operations, and (2) the three, of many, geographic products that come from LiDAR. This webinar is intended for non-GIS participants who use, or might use, GIS for conservation planning and design, and natural resources analysis and applications.  


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WLIA 2013 in Lake Geneva

Next week is WLIA 2013 in Lake Geneva, February 13-15th.  I plan to arrive on Wednesday in time for the afternoon workshop on mobile editing.  Don’t miss out on the WiGICC Elevation Data Committee Group Meeting on Thursday afternoon as well as Tyler’s presentation on QA/QC from a client’s perspective.  If you are interested in meeting up let me know.  Hope to see you there. ~Jeremy

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