New Mexico Elevation Data Planning and Acquisition Subcommittee


The Elevation Data Planning and Acquisition Subcommittee represents the State of New Mexico in elevation data issues at the national, state, and local levels. Subcommittee members from state and federal agencies, local governments, and higher education institutions characterize New Mexico's existing elevation data sets and data applications, assess elevation-data needs and gaps, prioritize areas and plan for the acquisition of high-quality elevation data, and identify funding opportunities.


In response to New Mexico's needs for enhanced elevation data, the GAC Chair formed the NM Elevation Data Planning and Acquisition Subcommittee in January 2014. This subcommittee identifies existing elevation-data infrastructure and partner-stakeholder relationships within New Mexico. Ongoing activities include the inventory of acquired LiDAR (light detection and ranging) data and their applications and the assessment of current and proposed needs for high-quality LiDAR data. The subcommittee developed a baseline LiDAR data inventory, needs assessment, and needs prioritization by watersheds/basins. The subcommittee also developed a statewide plan for the scheduled acquisition of high-quality LiDAR data, in response to the national 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) opportunity. New Mexico's initial 3DEP LiDAR award in 2015 acquired Curry and Roosevelt Counties. Since then the sub-committee's federal, state, and local collaborative has steadily been adding more acquisitions (See Acquisition Status Map).


Mike Inglis, Associate Director
Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC)
The University of New Mexico (UNM)

Subcommittee Members