LiDAR for Resource Assessment

Date / Time: November 26, 2019 12:00 pm

Join this webinar to get a better understanding of how terrain and hydrology derivatives can be used for Resource Assessment.

Simple applications will be presented that can be easily accessed where LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation data is available in the NRCS Elevation Web Services. Also, one of the most advanced applications of LiDAR data use for Resource Assessment is the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) Toolbox. This suite of geoprocessing workflows has been developed by staff at the ARS-National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE) . It includes tools to process the LiDAR-based digital elevation models for hydrologic analysis, which then allows a series of prioritization, riparian classification, and conservation-practice placement tools to be used. The result is the identification of agricultural fields most prone to deliver runoff directly to streams, map and classify riparian zones to inform whole-watershed riparian corridor management and estimate the extent of tile drainage in the watershed. Rather than making any recommendations, ACPF provides an inventory of watershed assessment data and conservation placement opportunities across a watershed, in order to inform local watershed planning.

This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Contact Candy Thomas, Science & Technology Training Library content manager, for more information about this webinar.


  • Dr. Mark Tomer, Agroecosystems Management Research Soil Scientist, USDA ARS NLAE, Ames, IA
  • Dwain Daniels, GIS Specialist USDA NRCS, Central National Technical Support Center, Ft.Worth, TX

Session Details: Nov 26, 2019 2:00 pm US/Eastern     Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)
*** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***

All live webinars are recorded. Within a week of the live event, a View button provides access to the on-demand replay. CEUs are available for on-demand webinars.

Who should participate?
Conservationist, Technical Service Providers, Engineers, Natural Resource Professionals,Foresters

Education Credits Units:

  • Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) – 1 hour CCA – SW Credit    [status: Applied For]
  • Certificate of Participation – 0 hour NA Credit    [status: Approved]
  • Conservation Planner (CP) – 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit    [status: Approv ed]