FALL 2006

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference
From the Chair
Lifetime Award
Polaris Awards
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Competition
Scholarship Fundraising
North Workshop
South Workshop

Air Photo, Elevation Inventory
LIDAR Update
50 States Grant
NorthStar Mapper
HydroClim Minnesota

Governor's Council
Annual Report
FY07 Appointments
Governor's Commendations
Grand Rapids Presentations

Forum Results

Olmsted Uses Air Photos
FGDC Funds Web Mapping

Pine County LIDAR, Soils
Soil Data Viewer Update
2007 CAP Grants
USGS Reorganization

Higher Education
Evacuation Management Tool
Land Change Research
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
GEOFEST, Training

Mapping Child Care

Other Places
Dynamic Earth Map



Pine County LIDAR Data and Soil Mapping

By Danielle Evans, Natural Resources Conservation Service


NRCS has contracted with The Sanborn Map Company to fly LIDAR for Pine County, Minnesota in leaf-off conditions. The flight was originally contracted for Spring 2006, but the weather conditions and leaf-off status of vegetation did not cooperate, so it has been postponed until this fall. After LIDAR is flown, the data should be delivered to NRCS from Sanborn in approximately 3-4 months. A quality assurance check will be completed and once the data has passed, it will be made available to the public. Vertical accuracy for this project is set at 37 cm or better and will have a 95% confidence level or better for creating 2 foot elevation contours.


NRCS plans to use LIDAR data for conducting the soil survey work for Pine County. It will be especially beneficial for areas with little relief, areas with topography that are difficult to traverse and areas within forested lands. NRCS intends to use LIDAR-derived DEMs to do analysis on slope, slope/shape and statistics. We will also use 3D mapping software with LIDAR data to help map soils more accurately. NRCS will use these analyses to create predictive mapping tools for soil scientists to use in the field.


If you have any questions about this project, please contact:


Danielle Evans

Soils GIS Specialist

Natural Resources Conservation Service

375 Jackson Street, Suite 600

St. Paul, MN 55101-1854

Phone: 651-602-7895



Slope classification from LIDAR