Government leaderships are beginning to understand the power of geospatial data and its critical role in decision making in order to achieve national goals. Elevation data should be part of the foundation for strategic planning, and critical to reaching those objectives. Whether it’s growing their economy, feeding their people, protecting their borders, keeping the population healthy and productive, or minimizing natural disasters, geospatial data can play a critical role in attaining many national priorities.
Elevation data is used in numerous applications including land management, wildlife and natural resource management, aviation, public safety, water management, disaster planning and mitigation, community development, climate change research, infrastructure and construction management, flood risk management, and national security. When geospatial data is gathered for the entire region and shared across agencies, resources are maximized, and national progress accelerates.
In the past, elevation data was primarily gathered on a project-by-project basis rather than part of a national or regional dataset. Data was rarely shared across agencies. Because of this, the same data was often gathered and paid for numerous times by different agencies. The benefits were minimal and mostly contained within a project rather than across the whole country, state, territory, or province.