On June 4, 2009, the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center hosted a conference in Rochester, MN to exchange information on soil and water conservation applications of the newest LiDAR data that will soon be available for southeast Minnesota. The conference was attended by technical staff from Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Watershed Districts, and county planning agencies. Presenters from Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota provided an overview of the range of applications now or soon to be available.
“LiDAR” stands for Light Detection and Ranging and provides high resolution digital elevation data. The current map of LiDAR coverage (.pdf) in Minnesota is available from the State Digital Elevation Committee.