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2011 U.S. Geological Survey Topographic LiDAR: LiDAR for the North East
browse graphic USGS Contract: G10PC00026, Task Order Number: G10PD02143 Task Order Numbers: G10PD01027 (ARRA) and G10PD02143 (non-ARRA) The LiDAR for the North East Project, funded in large part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, as well as, other funding sources was designed to help stimulate the U.S. economy and provide for more accurate floodplain mapping in the North East, representing the start of a regional LiDAR collection program that served as a test case for a national elevation program. Lead by the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) National Geospatial Program Office and the State of Maine's Office of GIS with active collaboration and participation by other federal, state and local agencies resulted in LiDAR acquisition and processing of over 8,000 sq. miles of (LiDAR) data of a coastal zone spanning six North Eastern states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. USGS's National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (USGS NGTOC) in Rolla, MO provided project management and quality control oversight for the project which consisted of two Task Orders issued to USGS contractor, GMR Aerial Surveys inc. d/b/a Photo Science (contractor), for task order execution through the use of USGS's Geospatial Products and Services Contract (USGS Contract: G10PC00026). Task Order specifications included state/area specific vertical accuracy, nominal post spacing and tide coordinated acquisition requirements. To see state/area specific information please see the individual project metadata links in the Supplemental_Information section below. NOAA CSC received the topographic LAS files from USGS and Maine Office of GIS. The data was minimally processed by CSC, however the classes were adjusted (individual points were not changed): NOAA CSC Modified Classification Scheme: Class 1: Unclassified Class 2: Ground Class 7: Noise Class 9: Water Class 10: Breakline Proximity Class 14: Bare (Open) Water Class 15: Overlap Water Class 16: Overlap Bare (Open) Water Class 17: Overlap Default Class 18: Overlap Ground