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U.S. Coastal Lidar Elevation Data - Including the Great Lakes and Territories, 1996 - present

The NOAA Coastal Services Center manages and distributes lidar data for the coastal United States, including territorial possessions via the Digital Coast Data Access Viewer web-mapping application. The data span from the mid-1990's to the present and were collected using several different sensors. The collection includes data from topographic and bathymetric lidar sensors. Data are available for shoreline strips to full county coverage and larger. The products have been delivered to the CSC in various formats, projections, datums, and units. Once received, the data are reviewed, checked for errors, and standardized in a single format, projection, and datum. The NOAA National Geophysical Data Center serves as the long-term archive of these data.

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  • LAS
  • LAZ
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Mike Sutherland
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers of Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
303-497-6120
mike.sutherland@noaa.gov
General Documentation
Originator
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publisher
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Date(s)
  • creation: 1996-01-01
Dataset Progress Status On Going
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose: These topographic/bathymetric lidar data are made available to the public and coastal management community for a wide variety of uses, such as morphologic change analyses, inundation mapping, habitat classification, and visualization. NOTE: These data are NOT to be used for navigation.
Use Limitations
  • These data depict the elevations at the time of the survey and are only accurate for that time. Users should be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since this data set was collected and some parts of this data may no longer represent actual surface conditions. Users should not use this data for critical applications without a full awareness of its limitations. Any conclusions drawn from analysis of this information are not the responsibility of NOAA or any of its partners. These data are NOT to be used for navigational purposes.
Time Period: 1996-01-01  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 71.39
S: -14.38
E: -64.56
W: -180
N: 53.02
S: 13.23
E: 180
W: 144.61
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • NGDA
  • National Geospatial Data Asset
  • Elevation Theme
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Land Surface > Topography
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Land Surface > Topography > Terrain Elevation
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Land Surface > Geomorphology > Coastal Landforms/Processes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Geomorphic Landforms/Processes > Coastal Landforms
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coastal Elevation
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Shoreline
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seafloor Topography
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Water Depth
Data Centers
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/CSC > Coastal Services Center, NOS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Instruments
  • Earth Remote Sensing Instruments > Active Remote Sensing > Altimeters > Lidar/Laser Altimeters > LIDAR ALTIMETERS > Light Detection and Ranging Altimeters
Places
  • United States of America
  • Land Surface
  • Sea Floor
  • U.S. shoreline
  • U.S. Great Lakes shoreline
  • U.S. Territories shoreline
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Fees
  • Free online via the Digital Coast Data Access Viewer
Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
Processing Steps
  • NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.

Metadata Last Modified: 2015-09-17

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