Wasatch Front Lidar Acquisition

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The USGS is partnering with State agencies in Utah to acquire more than 1,300 square miles of airborne lidar data (8 points per square meter) along the 186-mile Wasatch fault and nearby urban areas. These high-resolution topographic data will allow scientists to map the Quaternary fault traces in unprecedented detail, recognize previously unidentified fault strands, and identify future paleoseismic trench study sites. The data will advance the USGS Earthquake Hazard Program’s goal to characterize and reduce seismic hazards along the Wasatch Front urban corridor. The majority of data acquisition was completed in fall 2013. The data will be publicly available in 2014.


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Ryan Gold
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