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2006 U.S. Geological Survey Topographic LiDAR: Alameda County

browse graphicThis kmz file shows the extent of coverage for the 2006 USGS Alameda County, CA lidar data.
The Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data set is a survey of Alameda County in Northern California. The entire survey covers approximately 868.382 square miles. The Nominal Point Density of this dataset is approximately 1.66 meters for unobscured areas. The LiDAR discrete-return point cloud data were originally available in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) LAS V1.2 format.

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    Distribution Formats
    • LAZ
    Distributor Distributor information not available
    Point of Contact U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
    Documentation links not available.
    • DOI/USGS > United States Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Interior
      • publication: 2013-03-01
      Data Presentation Form: Digital image
      Dataset Progress Status Complete
      Data Update Frequency: As needed
      Purpose: High-resolution digital elevation maps generated by airborne and stationary LiDAR have led to significant advances in geomorphology, the branch of geoscience concerned with the origin and evolution of Earth's surface topography. LiDAR provides unique characteristics relative to other remotely sensed data sources by providing three-dimensional feature information that cannot be derived from traditional imaging sensors.
      Time Period: 2006-06-25  to  2006-07-02
      Spatial Reference System:
      Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
      N: 37.913800
      S: 37.445799
      E: -121.463828
      W: -122.361368
      Spatial Coverage Map:
      • Topography/Bathymetry
      • Elevation
      • point cloud
      • LiDAR
      • LAS
      • USA
      • California
      • Alameda County
      • San Francisco Bay
      Use Constraints No constraint information available
      Fees Fee information not available.
      Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
      Processing Steps
      • The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) received topographic files in LAS format. The files contained lidar elevation and intensity measurements. The data were received in projected California State Plane Zone 0403 coordinates and were vertically referenced to NAVD88. The vertical units of the data were feet. CSC performed the following processing for data storage and Digital Coast provisioning purposes: 1. High Noise (bad elevations) were removed from tiles 29J and 30J. All elevations greater than 10 feet were removed. 2. Horizontally the data was converted from projected California State Place Zone 0403 coordinates (feet) to geographic NAD83 coordinates (decimal degrees) 3. Vertically the data was converted from orthometric NAVD88 heights (feet) to ellipsoidal NAD83 (meters) using GEOID03 (assumed). 4. The data were 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: 2013-03-28

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