Have any of you American mappers used Earth Explorer
as your source of LiDAR for your mapping projects?
For US projects I use it all the time. For finding and downloading there is no comparison. It is like driving the family minivan compared to an 18 wheel transport truck.
Find the area
Search if LiDAR is available (it isn't always)
Download the .laz files
Upload them to OCAD or OOM. With OCAD 12 there is a 'wizard' to make it even easier
And batta bing batta boom you have your LiDAR generated contours on your orienteering map.
Well of course there are a few intermediate steps but just click click.
Why am I telling you this? You probably already know it.
Well if you have not been to Earth Explorer in a while you may not know that USGS is turning off this tap of free and open source LiDAR as of Sept 30 2018
My advice to you is to stock up while you can. If you are thinking of doing an orienteering mapping project some time in the future some where in the future got to Earth Explorer and see if you can stock up now. Once you have those laz files on your computer or Cloud or on a usb stick they won't go away. However once Earth Explorer closes the tap we'll have to learn to 'drive a semi' to get the information.