LIDAR Point Cloud Sources

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

US Interagency Elevation Inventory:   https://coast.noaa.gov/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  http://www.opentopography.org/ 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: http://coast.noaa.gov/dataviewer/?# (Flash required)
Projects list: http://coast.noaa.gov/dataviewer/?dataregistry/#/coastallidar
Getting lots of data
Some surveys may penetrate water; others only coastal strips of land.  For many areas several dates are available, showing temporal change.
National Map directions

USGS TNM Download
https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/basic/  
USGS Coastal http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/lsrm/data/products_year.html  
Status of state mapping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Lidar_Dataset_(United_States) 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

LVIS: http://lvis.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.php

Commercial LIDAR clearing house:


Last revised 11/17/2020