Overview Status Inquiries Partners Specifications Links Agency Uses KyGeoNet


This initiative will continue the effort to build and maintain a current basemap for the Commonwealth that can meet the needs of its users at the state, federal, local, and regional level. A common basemap, including current color leaf-off aerial photography and elevation data (LiDAR), reduces the cost of developing GIS applications, promotes data sharing, and add efficiencies to many state agency business processes. It is planned that access to the basemap data will be made available in the public domain.


The most current digital leaf-off aerial photography of the Commonwealth was acquired in 2001 and 2002 but only east of 84 degrees longitude (ie. East of Winchester – only ¼ of the state). The photography was captured in a black and white (grayscale) format. Aerial Photography for the remaining ¾ of the state was acquired during the 1992-1998 timeframe. State and Federal Funds were leveraged at that time for the purchase of the photography.

No statewide color leaf-off aerial photography has ever been acquired for the entire Commonwealth, although leaf-on photography (fewer uses) has been purchased. All of Kentucky’s current aerial photography holdings are utilized by cities and counties, area development districts, state agencies, and the federal government.

Kentucky's Statewide Digital Aerial Photography and Elevation Basemap Update provide a common digital mapping base for state and local government, as well as the private sector. The digital aerial photography layer provides the foundation for other base layers as well as numerous thematic mapping programs throughout the state and local governments.

The multi-million dollar project is expected to span a three to four year period (be spread across two biennium) beginning in 2012. Potential funding partners for this effort include federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of the Interior (DOI) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the USDA Farm Services Administration (FSA), and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as well as local governments and several state agencies.

This project will provide significant savings to government and the private sector in using a common basemap, avoiding duplication, and encourage standardization of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) assets throughout the Commonwealth.


Status Maps:
Below are links to current KyFromAbove status maps.
LiDAR Inventory by Year
LiDAR Inventory by Agency
Aerial Photography Inventory
2017 Acquisition PLanning Map
LiDAR Quality Level Assessment

Program Inquiries

Inquiries regarding the Commonwealth's Aerial Photography & Elevation Data Program can be directed to Kent Anness:

Kent Anness
Commonwealth Office of Technology
Office of Application Development
Division of Geographic Information
669 Chamberlin Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-6268

Partnership Listing

Below is a listing of the Partners involved in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Program Efforts:

KYTC - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
AML - Kentucky Abandoned Mine Lands
DGI - Kentucky Division of Geographic Information
DOW - Kentucky Division of Water
KGS - Kentucky Geological Survey
NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service
USGS - United States Geological Survey
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
TVA - Tennessee Valley Authority
KSU - Kentucky State University
LOJIC - Louisville-Jefferson County Information Consortium
FPB - Frankfort Plant Board
DOD - Department of Defense - Fort Knox
Boone County Planning Commission
City of Florence
Hardin County Fiscal Court
Hopkins County Fiscal Court
Paducah/McCracken County


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