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2010 U.S. Geological Survey Topographic LiDAR: Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana

browse graphicThis kmz file shows the extent of coverage for the 2010 USGS Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana lidar data set.
The Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) dataset is a survey of the Atchafalaya Basin in south-central Louisiana. The entire survey area encompasses 981 square miles. The LiDAR point cloud was flown at a nominal post spacing of 1.0 meters for unobscured areas. The LiDAR data is in compliance with the U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program Guidelines and Base Specifications, Version 13-ILMF 2010. The Flightlines were acquired by Northrop Grumman, 3001 Operating Unit, which required 10 subsequent missions between December 2, 2010, and December 7, 2010. Northrop Grumman classified the data into the following ASPRS compliant classes: Class 1: Processed, but unclassified Class 2: Bare Earth Ground Class 3: Low Vegetation Class 4: Medium Vegetation (also used for manual classification of vegetation returns) Class 5: High Vegetation Class 6: Buildings and man-made structures Class 7: Noise (low or high, manually identified) Class 9: Water Class 10: Ignored Ground (Breakline Proximity) Class 13: Withheld (outliers, blunders, etc.)
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Online Access
  • Online access is not available for this resource
Distribution Formats
  • LAZ
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Point of Contact Patrick Emmett
United States Geological Survey, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC)
Associated Resources
  • Lidar Dataset Supplemental Information
  • publication: 2013-01-01
Data Presentation Form: Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose: This regional LiDAR elevation mapping will be used for modeling, predicting landscape change, promoting restoration of ecosystems, and mitigating risks associated with anthropomorphic and natural hazards.
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be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since this data set was collected and some parts of this data may no longer represent actual surface conditions.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.
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOI/USGS, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 2010-12-02 to 2010-12-07
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4269 Ellipsoid in Meters
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 30.558588
S: 29.670848
E: -91.156365
W: -91.880079
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • Topography/Bathymetry
  • Elevation
  • Lidar
  • LAS
Place keywords
  • United States
  • Louisiana
  • Atchafalaya Basin
  • Iberville Parish
  • St. Martin Parish
  • St. Mary Parish
  • Assumption Parish
  • Iberia Parish
  • St. Landry Parish
  • Pointe Coupee Parish
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Fees Fee information not available.
Lineage information for: dataset
  • Northrop Grumman, 3001 Operating Unit
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers of Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • 2010-12-01T00:00:00 - The ABGPS, inertial measurement unit (IMU), and raw scans are collected during the LiDAR aerial survey. The ABGPS monitors the xyz position of the sensor and the IMU monitors the orientation. During the aerial survey, laser pulses reflected from features on the ground surface are detected by the receiver optics and collected by the data logger. GPS locations are based on data collected by receivers on the aircraft and base stations on the ground. The ground base stations are placed no more than 40 km radius from the flight survey area.
  • 2010-12-01T00:00:00 - The ABGPS, IMU, and raw scans are integrated using proprietary software developed by Optech and delivered with the Optech ALTM 213 System. The resultant file is in a LAS binary file format. The LAS version 1.2 file format can be easily transferred from one file format to another. It is a binary file format that maintains information specific to the LiDAR data (return number, intensity value, xyz, etc.). The resultant points are produced in the NAD83 UTM Zone 15 coordinate system, with units in meters and referenced to the NAVD88 datum. The LiDAR mass points were processed in American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing LAS 1.2 format. The header file for each dataset is complete as defined by the LAS 1.2 specification. The datasets were divided into a 1500 meters by 1500 meters tiling scheme. The tiles are contiguous, do not overlap, and are suitable for seamless topographic data mosaics that include no "no data" areas. The names of the tiles include alphabetic column and numeric row designations and all files utilize the LAS file extension.
  • 2011-01-01T00:00:00 - The unedited data are classified to facilitate the application of the appropriate feature extraction filters. A combination of proprietary filters are applied as appropriate for the production of bare earth models (DEMs). Interactive editing methods are applied to those areas where it is inappropriate or impossible to use the feature extraction filters, based upon the design criteria and/or limitations of the relevant filters. These same feature extraction filters are used to produce elevation height surfaces.
  • 2013-01-01T00:00:00 - 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 NAD83 UTM Zone 15 Coordinates and were vertically referenced to NAVD88 using the Geoid09 model. The vertical units of the data were meters. CSC performed the following processing for data storage and Digital Coast provisioning purposes: 1. The topographic las files were converted from orthometric (NAVD88) heights to ellipsoidal heights using Geoid09. 2. The topographic las files were converted from UTM Zone 15 (meters) to Geographic coordinates (decimal degrees). 3. ASPRS Class 11 (Withheld) was changed to Class 13 (Withheld). 4. The data were converted to LAZ format.
  • 2013-04-25T00:00:00 - 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.
Last Modified: 2013-04-25
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