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LiDAR Data

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging. Using a suborbital platform with LiDAR instruments such as a laser, scanner, or a GIS receiver, one can examine natural and man-made features found on the surface of the Earth. The return of a thousand laser reflection points paints a representation of the ground’s terrain, making LiDAR technology a valuable tool for terrain analysis.

Available LiDAR dataset dates are from November 2011 to March 2017. This acquisition covers approximately 1,870 square miles and includes all of Bexar County with edge coverage of Bandera, Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, and Medina Counties. SARA collaborates with partners that include the Texas Natural Resource Information Systems (TNIRS)/Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

LiDAR Request:

To request LiDAR data, please email saragis@sara-tx.org or call SARA GIS and specify what datasets you would like.

SARA GIS uses external hard-drives to transfer LiDAR datasets. LiDAR datasets can exceed 1tb or more in size. It is recommended that you provide an external hard-drive. However, if you do not have an external hard-drive available SARA GIS can provide you with one at the cost of $300.

Please inquire about costs prior to making a request.

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Disclaimer Users are responsible for determining the proper use and application of these data. The San Antonio River Authority makes no guarantees, representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, arising by law or otherwise, including but not limited to, content, quality, accuracy, completeness, effectiveness, reliability, and fitness for a particular purpose, usefulness, use or results to be obtained from this information. The San Antonio River Authority assumes no responsibility for damages or other liabilities due to the accuracy, availability, loss of data, use or misuse or the data herein, lost profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other pecuniary loss that might arise from the use of the contour data layers (LiDAR derived products). These data layers are produced out of LIDAR data that represent the ground conditions at the time of acquisition only and spatio-temporal effects may exist within due to the time span and spatial variation of the data acquisition. This disclaimer applies both to individual and aggregate use of the data layers with other data and/or any derived products.