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2006-2008 PAMAP LiDAR Data of Pennsylvania (Northern Counties)

browse graphicThis kmz file shows the extent of coverage for the 2006-2008 PAMAP (north) lidar data set.
This dataset consists of classified LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation points produced by the PAMAP Program. PAMAP data are organized into blocks, which do not have gaps or overlaps, that represent 10,000 feet by 10,000 feet on the ground. The coordinate system for blocks in the northern half of the state is Pennsylvania State Plane North (datum:NAD83, units: feet); blocks in the southern half of the state are in Pennsylvania State Plane South. A block name is formed by concatenating the first four digits of the State Plane northing and easting defining the block's northwest corner, the State identifier "PA", and the State Plane zone designator "N" or "S" (e.g. 45001210PAS). The following are the collection dates for each county chronologically from 2006-2008: CLARION : 20060321 - 20060502 FOREST : 20060321 - 20060502 MERCER : 20060321 - 20060502 VENANGO : 20060321 - 20060502 LUZERNE : 20060406 - 20060429 CAMERON : 20060426 - 20060430 CENTRE : 20060426 - 20060430 CLEARFIELD : 20060426 - 20060430 JEFFERSON : 20060426 - 20060430 ELK : 20060426 - 20060430 & 20060321 - 20060502 CLINTON : 20070430 CRAWFORD : 20070430 ERIE : 20070430 LACKAWANNA : 20070430 LYCOMING : 20070430 MCKEAN : 20070430 POTTER : 20070430 TIOGA : 20070430 UNION : 20070430 WARREN : 20070430 MONTOUR : 20080325 - 20080506 COLUMBIA : 20080325 - 20080506 & 20080410 - 20080419 NORTHUMBERLAND : 20080325 - 20080506 & 20080414 - 20080510 BRADFORD : 20080406 - 20080505 SULLIVAN : 20080406 - 20080505 WYOMING : 20080406 - 20080505 PIKE : 20080409 - 20080507 WAYNE : 20080409 - 20080507 SUSQUEHANNA : 20080409 - 20080507 & 20080406 - 20080505 CARBON : 20080430 MONROE : 20080430

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    Distribution Formats
    • LAZ
    Distributor DOC/NOAA/NOS/CSC > Coastal Services Center, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Point of Contact Helen Delano
    Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey
    717?702?2031
    Associated Resources
    • Lidar Final Report
    • Project FAQ webpage
    Originator
    • DOC/NOAA/NOS/CSC > Coastal Services Center, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Originator
    • PAMAP Program, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey
    Publisher
    • DOC/NOAA/NOS/CSC > Coastal Services Center, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Date(s)
    • publication: 2013-09-27
    Data Presentation Form: Digital image
    Dataset Progress Status Complete
    Data Update Frequency: Unknown
    Purpose: General-purpose aerial topographic survey of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. LiDAR data are useful for a variety of scientific and resource management applications such as hydrologic modeling, resource monitoring, mapping, global change research, and landscape visualization. These data were used in conjunction with color aerial photography to create color digital orthophotos, raster digital elevation models, and topographic contours (2 ft interval).
    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: 2006-03-21  to  2008-05-10
    Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4269 Ellipsoid in Meters
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 42.290361
    S: 40.601898
    E: -74.663306
    W: -80.575257
    Spatial Coverage Map:
    Themes
    • Topography
    • Elevation
    • Model
    • LiDAR
    • LAZ
    • Remote Sensing
    Places
    • US
    • Pennsylvania
    • Bradford County
    • Cameron County
    • Carbon County
    • Centre County
    • Clarion County
    • Clearfield County
    • Clinton County
    • Columbia County
    • Crawford County
    • Elk County
    • Erie County
    • Forest County
    • Jefferson County
    • Lackawanna County
    • Luzerne County
    • Lycomin County
    • McKean County
    • Mercer County
    • Monroe County
    • Montour County
    • Northumberland County
    • Pike County
    • Potter County
    • Sullivan County
    • Susquehanna County
    • Tioga County
    • Union County
    • Venango County
    • Warren County
    • Wayne County
    • Wyoming County
    Use Constraints No constraint information available
    Fees Fee information not available.
    Source Datasets
    • GPS Photo Control Survey
      • Description of Source: Source Contribution: GPS Ground Control points. GPS control points are used to support the acquisition of the imagery and LiDAR data. A number of "blind-point" panels were established and used during the QA/QC check of the orthophotos, LiDAR data and contour information. All horizontal and vertical control was prepared under the supervision of licensed Professional Land Surveyors.Source Type: CD-ROM
      • Temporal extent used:  unknown  to 
    Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
    Processor
    • BAE Systems
    • DOC/NOAA/NOS/CSC > Coastal Services Center, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Processing Steps
    • Horizontal and Vertical control points were acquired utilizing GPS collection techniques. All control was prepared under the supervision of licensed Professional Land Surveyors.
    • LiDAR collection and processing generally adhered to FEMA Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners, Appendix A: Guidance for Aerial Mapping & Surveying, Section A.8: Airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Surveys. Raw LiDAR data was collected using a sensor equipped with an airborne GPS/IMU system. Flight lines with a 30% sidelap were flown with a nominal average LiDAR point spacing of 1.4 meters using a 43 degree field of view (full angle) at a laser pulse rate of 40.6 kHz. In some areas, laser pulse rate/power were modified in order to achieve specified point spacing. As a result, these areas do not have more than 2 returns per pulse. The raw LiDAR data is processed and filtered to remove LiDAR points on elevated features such as vegetation, buildings, cars, etc. in order to create a bare earth surface meeting the accuracies required for orthophoto and contour generation.
    • Horizontal and Vertical control points were acquired utilizing GPS collection techniques. All control was prepared under the supervision of licensed Professional Land Surveyors.
    • LiDAR collection and processing generally adhered to FEMA Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners, Appendix A: Guidance for Aerial Mapping & Surveying, Section A.8: Airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Surveys. Raw LiDAR data was collected using a sensor equipped with an airborne GPS/IMU system. Flight lines with a 30% sidelap were flown with a nominal average LiDAR point spacing of 1.4 meters using a 43 degree field of view (full angle) at a laser pulse rate of 40.6 kHz. In some areas, laser pulse rate/power were modified in order to achieve specified point spacing. As a result, these areas do not have more than 2 returns per pulse. The raw LiDAR data is processed and filtered to remove LiDAR points on elevated features such as vegetation, buildings, cars, etc. in order to create a bare earth surface meeting the accuracies required for orthophoto and contour generation.
    • The NOAA Coastal Services Center received topographic files in zipped LAS files. The files contained lidar elevation and intensity measurements. The data were received in 24 blocks, 12 each for northern and southern blocks. The LAS files were in Pennsylvania North State Plane coordinates, zone 3701, NAD83 orthographic coordinates. The vertical units of the data were feet. CSC performed the following processing for data storage and Digital Coast provisioning purposes: 1. The topographic las files were cleaned of bad elevations above 3300 and below 200 ft. 2. The classifications were reclassed to properly fit the Digital Coast classifications. Class 1 - unclassified, Class 2 - ground, Class 3 - low veg, Class 4 - med veg, Class 5 - high veg, Class 6 - building, Class 7 - low point (noise), Class 8 - Model Key-point (mass point), Class 9 - Water, Class 10 - merged original classes 15/16 (road edges) 3. The topographic las files were converted from orthometric (NAVD88) heights to ellipsoidal heights using Geoid03. 4. The topographic las files were converted from a Projected Coordinate System (PA SP North) to a Geographic Coordinate system (NAD83). 5. The topographic las files' vertical units were converted from feet to meters. 6. The topographic las files' horizontal units were converted from feet to decimal degrees. 7. 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 http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/. 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 (http://www.laszip.org/). 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: 2013-11-19

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