List of freely accessible LiDAR data and digital terrain models

Surveying surface of the Earth with LiDAR technology is increasing, thereby the database of LiDAR data is constantly increasing.

And some databases are openly available on the internet. In the vast majority of a LiDAR surveys were and are undertaken by various government agencies of various countries around the world. Openly available LiDAR data in available in different formats, coordinate systems and state of processing (from the cleaned point cloud data to the digital terrain model of the ground).

On the internet you can find many different lists of digital terrain models of ground (DTM) and LiDAR data recording, but almost all receive an irregular update and are therefore deficient.

I encourage people to try different LiDAR data to try something new. In addition to new technical GIS knowledge you will gain it is also fun to discover new archaeological sites or view the famous archaeological sites from LiDAR “view” in other countries.

Conditions for making to the list are:
  • free access to files
  • files are already classified lidar data (files with the extension .LAS, .LAZ, .zLAS, .ASC, .XYZ)
  • a digital terrain model of resolution 5m or less (files with the extension .GeoTIFF, .ASC, .IMAGE, .DEM)
I will mark when .ASC is point cloud and when raster.

!When ftp server is available use of ftp client is recommended. Here is guide how to setup open-source ftp client  FileZilla.

I will check list monthly and update it regularly.At the bottom of the list there is a changelog for with all changes and additions.

If you have any trouble getting data from internet sites on this list, leave a message on the comments and I'll help.

If you know the source I missed or it is brand new, leave a message in the comments and I'll be happy to check it in and add it to the list.

Country Region/City/State Format CRS/Koordinatni sistem Particularities
Austria Wien GeoTIFF EPSG:31256
Belgium Wallonia GeoTIFF EPSG:31370 Click on bold link Downloaden and pick file
Denmark GeoTIFF EPSG:25832 Free registration needed
England ASCII-raster EPSG:27700
England South West ASCII-raster EPSG:27700 100% coverage. Registration needed.
Estonia LAZ, GeoTIFF, XYZ-raster EPSG:3301
Finland LAZ EPSG:3067 In datasets search LiDAR
Germany Hamburg ASCII-raster EPSG:25832 One big file
Germany Hanover ASCII-raster/XYZ-points EPSG:25832
Germany North Rhine-Westphalia XZY-points EPSG:25832 Under DGM folder you can select DTM files
Germany Thuringia XZY/LAZ EPSG:25832 Search for place name and then click it to select 1x1km big quadrant
Ireland GeoTIFF EPSG:2157 You can download DTM/DSM data or use WMS/REST services.
Italy Basilicata ASCII-raster EPSG:32633 How to access data popup at start-use google translate
Italy Bolzano, South Tyrol GeoTIFF EPSG:3044
Italy Calabria EPSG:32633 WMS servis - lidar
Italy Friuli-Venezia ASCII-raster EPSG:3045 On right side search places
Italy Lombardia IMAGE-raster EPSG:32633 Whole municipies to download
Italy Sardinia ASCII-raster EPSG:4326
Italy Toscana ASCII-raster EPSG:3003 In the filtro search lidar.
Italy Trentino ASCII-raster EPSG:4326 In the top row, click the icon cursor pointing to the cube
Italy Vale dAostae ASCII-raster, XYZ-raster EPSG:23032
Lithuania XYZ-points EPSG:3346 Need to register on portal and use e-signature for completing order to download lidar data.
Luxemburg ASCII EPSG:2169 Whole countrie in one file.
Malta ASCII EPSG:23033 You need Silverlight plugin
Netherland GeoTIFF/LAZ EPSG:28992 AHN3 dataset
Netherland GeoTIFF EPSG:28992 AHN2 dataset
Northern Ireland ASCII-raster EPSG:29901 Check coverage map.
Norway LAZ EPSG:223032 plus others
Scotland ASCII-raster EPSG:27700 Pick resolution, then under data resources click link. One big file.
Scotland GeoTIFF/LAS EPSG:27700
Slovenia zLAS/LAZ EPSG:25830
Spain LAZ EPSG:4258 Under municipio search place or municipy
Spain Gipuzkoa LAS EPSG:25830
Spain Basque(region) LAS EPSG:25830
Spain Catalonia LAZ EPSG:25830
Spain La Rioja LAZ/GeoTIFF EPSG:25830 Click on cartgrafia tematica and search lidar or modelo digital
Switzerland Schaffhausen canton ASCII-raster EPSG:2056 Download is available in the upper menu under GeoShop
Switzerland Solothurn canton LAZ/GeoTIFF EPSG:21781
Switzerland Zurich canton LAZ/GeoTIFF EPSG:2056 In maps menu seek LiDAR
Wales ASCII-raster EPSG:27700

North America
Country Region/City/State Format CRS Particularities
Canada GeoTIFF EPSG: Various UTM You can get DTM or DSM files.
USA IMAGE-raster/LAS EPSG: Various UTM Pick a product you want and zoom in to area you are interested. Then click Find products and you will get download links.
USA Indiana LAS/IMAGE-raster EPSG:2965/2966 In datasets the LiDAR in DEM files are under IndianaMap Data
USA Kentucky LAZ/IMAGE-raster USER defined Search LiDAR, select LiDAR or DTM, then click link to go to ftp server
USA Louisiana XZY/DEM-raster EPSG:26915
USA Minnesota LAZ See each dataset Search by counties/ftp access
USA North Dakota LAS/XYZ/IMAGE-raster/ASCII-raster EPSG:26914
USA Ohio LAS/ASCII-raster EPSG:32122
USA Washington LAS/XYZ/IMAGE-raster/ASCII-raster EPSG:Custom-is written in files With tool for select region choose region and then choose data for download

Latin America and Caribbean
Country Region/City/State Format CRS Particularities
Haiti LAS/ASCII-raster EPSG:3857

Country Region/City/State Format CRS Particularities
Australia GeoTIFF/ASCII-raster EPSG:28348, 28358 Only some parts in 1m in 2m resolution. Otherwise all coverage DTM in 5m (1sec) resolution.
New Zealand LAZ/ASCII-points/GeoTIFF EPSG:2193 Click on wanted data set. Then click on Point cloud data. On next page use select region and then choose format of data for download

Country Region/City/State Format CRS Particularities
World LAS/ASCII-raster EPSG:Depends on dataset A lot of small LiDAR projects from all around World. Also some whole datasets of USA states.


-added Ireland and Canada
-53 datasets

-added Estonia
-updated some links
-51 datasets

-added Valle dAostae/ Italy and Schaffhausen canton/Switzerland
-updated some links
-50 datasets

-added Lithuania
-48 datasets

-added Hamburg, Hannover, Scotland, USA
-47 datasets avaliable

-added Malta, Norway, England (South West), Australia
-added link to portal OpenTopography (big LiDAR data base)
-43 datasets avaliable

-added Italy (regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Lombardia, Sardinia and Toscana), Spain (Basque country)
-37 datasets avaliable

-added Belgium (Flanders), Germany (states Thuringia in North Rhine-Westphalia), USA (state Washington) and New Zealand
-added addidional link for Netherland
-31 datasets now avaliable

-La Rioja added how to get data and added new format - GeoTIFF
-Slovenia added new format - LAZ
-added whole Spain
-added USA/states Kentucky, Severna Dakota, Minnesota, Louisiana
-26 datasets now avaliable

-added country category and subcategory state/region
-added table for North America and Central America and the Caribbean
-added countires Northern Ireland, Ohio, Indiana and Haiti
-21 datasets now avaliable

-first release of table
-17 datasets avaliable

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