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New terrains layer adds depth to online mapping tool

RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Office of Information Technology, Geographic Information Services (GIS) Division, recently introduced a new terrains layer to its online interactive mapping tool at http://gis.lakecountyfl.gov/gisweb/.

The terrains layer illustrates the varied land elevations and slopes throughout Lake County. The new layer was built from Light Detection and Ranging data (LIDAR) collected in 2007-2008 by Kucera International. The data determines the distance of an object from the ground using laser pulses.

There are many uses of this data to include modeling and analysis of study areas, flooding and land development. While primarily used internally, the terrain layer is also visible to the public on the newly released GIS interactive mapping Web site (http://gis.lakecountyfl.gov/gisweb/).

“The terrains layer adds a degree of depth to our GIS interactive map,” said Kevin Willis, Lake County GIS Division Director. “The terrains layer and LIDAR data may also present future opportunities for Lake County to take advantage of this data and associated GIS technologies. In addition, the GIS contours layer complements the terrains layer nicely with 1 and 2 foot contour lines when both are added to a map for viewing.”

For more information about the Lake County GIS Division, call (352) 343-9633.

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