LIDAR Point Cloud Sources

Best sources for free LIDAR point clouds (probably LAS or LAZ format):

US Interagency Elevation Inventory:

For MICRODEM, the data must be in UTM or geographic coordinates.  There are options to reproject with MICRODEM, liblas, or LAStools.  LAS lidar

General caveats:

Source and directions Web site Notes
OpenTopography Mostly US, but now a lot of data from New Zealand.  If you have an edu email, you can get USGS lidar.
NOAA Coastal Lidar Graphical:
Projects list:
Getting lots of data
Some surveys may penetrate water; others only coastal strips of land.  For many areas multiple dates are available, showing temporal change.
National Map directions

USGS TNM Download  
USGS Coastal  
Status of state mapping Countries with good national lidar: Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, UK, Wales

Problems with ftp data download?  Your network might view these downloads as a security risk.

Other sites


Commercial LIDAR clearing house:

Last revised 11/30/2022