Puget Sound LiDAR Consortium

The Puget Sound Regional Council has been an active member of the Puget Sound LiDAR Consortium (PSLC) since its inception in 1999. The consortium was started by a group of local agency staff and federal research scientists devoted to developing public domain high-resolution LiDAR topography and derivative products for the Puget Sound region and beyond.

PSRC houses and distributes LiDAR data holdings for the consortium via the PSLC website. PSRC staff is also involved in quality assessment and control of the data before it is placed in the public domain. The consortium currently has data for all four counties covered by PSRC—King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish—plus many other locations in Washington state.

What is “LiDAR”?

LiDAR—or Light, Detection And Ranging (also known as Airborne Laser Swath Mapping)—is a relatively new technology that employs an airborne scanning laser rangefinder to produce accurate topographic survey images of unparalleled detail. For more information, visit the “About LiDAR” page on the Puget Sound LiDAR Consortium website.