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2005 US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Post-Hurricane Katrina Topo/Bathy Project for the Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi Coasts

These data were collected by the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise using the CHARTS system. The data includes hydrographic and topographic data. This data was collected in Oct-Dec 2005 for the Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi coasts after Hurricane Katrina.

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      • publication: 2006-10-16
      Data Presentation Form: Digital image
      Dataset Progress Status Complete
      Data Update Frequency: As needed
      Purpose: The data were collected to depict the post-Hurricane Katrina elevations above and below water along the immediate coastal zone and to provide height information required for processing hyperspectral imagery.
      Time Period: 2005-10-12  to  2005-12-11
      Spatial Reference System:
      Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
      N: 30.857725
      S: 29.198248
      E: -84.934814
      W: -90.371622
      Spatial Coverage Map:
      • Lidar
      • Bathymetry/Topography
      • US
      • Gulf Coast
      • Alabama
      • Florida
      • Louisiana
      • Mississippi
      • Biloxi
      • Gulf Breeze
      • Destin
      Use Constraints No constraint information available
      Fees Fee information not available.
      Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
      Processing Steps
      • These data were collected using the CHARTS surveys system. It is owned by the Naval Oceanographic Office and operated through contract. The system collects topographic lidar data at 20kHz and hydrographic data at 3kHz. The system also collects RGB imagery at 1Hz. A CASI-1500 hyperspectral line scanner is integrated with the system as well. Aircraft position, velocity and acceleration information are collected through a combination of Novatel and POS A/V equipment. Raw data are collected and transferred to the office for downloading and processing in SHOALS GCS software. GPS data are processed using POSPac software and the results are combined with the lidar data to produce 3-D positions for each lidar shot. These data are edited using Fledermaus software where anomalous data are removed from the dataset. The edited data are unloaded from SHOALS GCS, converted from ellipsoid to orthometric heights, based on the GEOID03 model, and split into geographic tiles covering approximately 5km each.
      • The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) received files in ascii format. The files contained lidar intensity and elevation measurements. CSC performed the following processing on the data to make it available within the Lidar Data Retrieval Tool (LDART): 1. Each hydro/topo last return ascii file was converted to las files. Default values for which there is no corresponding input were assigned as follows for each las elevation data record: intensity = 0, retn = 1, nret = 1, class = 0 2. The las files were sorted by latitude and the las header fields were updated.
      • For data managment purposes, the Coastal Services Center converted the data from NAVD88 elevations to ellipsoid elevations using Geoid 03.
      • Times had originally been stored as POSIX seconds when converted to LAS. This was switched to adjusted GPS time (GPS seconds - 1e9) to conform to the LAS 1.2 standard. The data were also converted to LAZ format.
      • 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: 2014-03-14

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