New Washington lidar data and screensaver images!

New lidar data The Washington Geological Survey (WGS) has just released new lidar data for several areas in Washington. Since 2016 we have been involved in collecting over 6,400 square miles of lidar and have added many additional lidar datasets from our partners for public use. Lidar is a technology that uses light pulses to collect elevation […]

New Lidar Story Map for GIS Day!

To celebrate GIS Day, the Washington Geological Survey has released a new story map titled: The Bare Earth—How lidar in Washington state exposes geology and natural hazards. Geologists in Washington State use lidar to map landslides and faults, to study volcanoes, glaciers and rivers, and to model tsunami inundation. This narrative features over 50 intriguing […]

Lidar Imagery Now Available for Viewing on the Washington Geologic Information Portal

It’s finally here!  You can now view lidar imagery in our Geology Portal. We’ve added mosaics of both bare-earth and top surface lidar hillshades to the list of available base layers. What’s a Lidar Hillshade? Lidar hillshades are renderings of the lidar elevation model using simulated illumination. Bare-earth lidar shows only the ground surface (trees, vegetation, […]

Statewide Protocol for Landslide Mapping from Lidar Data Released

The Washington Geological Survey is pleased to announce a new publication that explains the detailed protocol that Survey geologists are using to systematically map landslides using lidar. This protocol closely follows the methods used by Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to map landslides in Oregon. The objective of the protocol is to establish standardized methods for […]

New Map Poster Available-The Cheney-Palouse Tract of Washington’s Channeled Scablands

A new map poster is available titled The Cheney–Palouse Tract of Washington’s Channeled Scablands. Using elevation data, it highlights a remote portion of the Eastern Washington landscape shaped by catastrophic ice-age floods. During the last ice age, a lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet formed an ice dam that blocked a major valley in what […]

Rainforest Rivers of the Outer Olympic Coast

New LiDAR product available! This imagery shows floodplain details from five rivers on the outer Olympic Peninsula—the Quinault, Queets, Hoh, Bogachiel/Quillayute, and Sol Duc. The headwaters of these rivers begin in melting snowfields and glaciers of the Olympic Mountains. They then flow through a region of dense temperate rainforest and westward to the Pacific Ocean. […]

New LiDAR Collection Underway

This winter and spring have witnessed a flurry of LiDAR-(light detection and ranging) related activity at the Division of Geology and Earth Resources (DGER) as the new LiDAR program begins to take shape.  The ongoing collection of new aerial LiDAR data in western Washington will ultimately serve as the foundation data for mapping, geologic hazard mitigation, […]