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2001 Harris County, Texas Lidar

This data set was received by the NOAA Coastal Services Center from the Texas Natural Resources Information System. The data was collected in October of 2001 by Terrapoint USA, Inc. using an Airborne LIDAR Topographic Mapping System (ALTMS). Flight altitude was approximately 915 meters, creating a data swath of approximately 550 meters. The surface elevation value accuracy is better than 15 centimeters. The lidar points are unclassified.

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    Distribution Formats
    • LAZ
    Distributor Distributor information not available
    Point of Contact Harris County Flood Control District
    Documentation links not available.
    • Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD)
      • publication: 2002-11-22
      Data Presentation Form: Digital image
      Dataset Progress Status Complete
      Data Update Frequency: Not planned
      Purpose: This data was acquired for use in the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project (TSARP).
      Time Period: 2001-10-07  to  2001-11-05
      Spatial Reference System:
      Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
      N: 30.186647
      S: 29.483833
      E: -94.888765
      W: -95.986334
      Spatial Coverage Map:
      • Bathymetry/Topography
      • LiDAR
      • Terrain
      • Model
      • Elevation
      • Surface
      • Laser
      • US
      • Texas
      • Harris County
      • Houston
      Use Constraints No constraint information available
      Fees Fee information not available.
      Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
      • Terrapoint USA, Inc.
      • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
      Processing Steps
      • The lidar data was collected by Terrapoint USA, Inc. for the Harris County Flood Control District. The data was collected in October of 2001 using an Airborne LIDAR Topographic Mapping System (ALTMS). Flight altitude was approximately 915 meters, creating a data swath of approximately 550 meters.
      • The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) received the files in ASCII format. The data were in Texas State Plane Projection ADSZone 5401 (Texas South Central), NAVD88 vertical datum and the vertical units of measure were feet. CSC performed the following processing to the data to make it available within Digital Coast: 1. The data were converted from Texas State Plane East, ADSZone 5401 (Texas South Central) coordinates to geographic coordinates. 2. The data were converted from NAVD88 (orthometric) heights to GRS80 (ellipsoid) heights using Geoid99. 3. The vertical unit of measure for the data was converted from feet to meters. 4. The LAS data were sorted by latitude and the headers were updated.
      • The NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) received lidar data files via ftp transfer from the NOAA Coastal Services Center. The data are currently being served via NOAA CSC Digital Coast at The data can be used to re-populate the system. The data are archived in LAS or LAZ format. The LAS format is an industry standard for LiDAR data developed by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS); LAZ is a loseless compressed version of LAS developed by Martin Isenburg ( The data are exclusively in geographic coordinates (either NAD83 or ITRF94). The data are referenced vertically to the ellipsoid (either GRS80 or ITRF94), allowing for the ability to apply the most up to date geoid model when transforming to orthometric heights.

      Metadata Last Modified: 2013-05-07

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