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2007 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lidar: Panther Creek Watershed, Yamhill County

The dataset represents LiDAR elevations acquired during a leaf-off and a leaf-on vegetative condition for the Upper Panther Creek Watershed in the Yamhill County study area in Oregon. The date of collection for the leaf off data is 20071208. The date of collection for the leaf on data is 20070903. The area of interest covers ~5577 acres (~8.71 sq miles). The LiDAR survey utilized a Leica ALS50 Phase II laser mounted in a Cessna Caravan 208B set to acquire > or = 105,000 pulses per second (i.e. 105 kHz pulse rate). The scan angle was +/- 14 degrees from nadir. These settings are designed to yield an average native density (number of pulses emitted by the laser system) of > or = 8 points per square meter over terrestrial surfaces. LiDAR intensity values were also collected. In some areas of heavy vegetation or forest cover, there may be relatively few ground points in the LiDAR data. Elevation values for open water surfaces are not valid elevation values because few LiDAR points are returned from water surfaces. Watershed Sciences, Inc. collected the LiDAR and created this data set for the Bureau of Land Management.
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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 Ian Madin
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)
Associated Resources
  • publication: 2007-01-01
Data Presentation Form: Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: Not planned
Purpose: Provide high resolution terrain elevation and land cover elevation data.
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be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since this data set was collected and some parts of this data may no longer represent actual surface conditions.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.
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOI/BLM > Bureau of Land Management, 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: Unknown to Unknown
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4269
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 45.319222
S: 45.273033
E: -123.318967
W: -123.402927
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords None
  • Bathymetry/Topography
  • LiDAR
  • Light Detection and Ranging
  • DEM
  • Digital Terrain Model
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Elevation data
  • Bare earth
  • High-resolution
  • Bare ground
  • DTM
  • Leaf off
  • Leaf on
Place keywords None
  • United States
  • Oregon
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Yamhill County
  • Panther Creek
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Fees Fee information not available.
Lineage information for: dataset
  • Watershed Sciences, Inc.
  • Watershed Sciences, Inc.
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, 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
  • 2007-01-01T00:00:00 - Acquisition. The LiDAR data was collected on December 8, and September 3, 2007. A Leica ALS50 Phase II LiDAR system was mounted in a fixed-wing aircraft. Near nadir scan angles were used to increase penetration of vegetation to ground surfaces. Ground level GPS and aircraft IMU were collected during the flight.
  • 2007-01-01T00:00:00 - Processing. 1. Flight lines and data were reviewed to ensure complete coverage of the study area and positional accuracy of the laser points. 2. Laser point return coordinates were computed using the ALS Post Processing software suite and IPAS Pro software based on independent data from the LiDAR system, IMU, and aircraft. 3. The raw LiDAR file was assembled into flight lines per return with each point having an associated x, y, and z coordinate. 4. Visual inspection of swath to swath laser point consistencies within the study area were used to perform manual refinements of system alignment. 5. Custom algorithms were designed to evaluate points between adjacent flight lines. Automated system alignment was computed based upon randomly selected swath to swath accuracy measurements that consider elevation, slope, and intensities. Specifically, refinement in the combination of system pitch, roll and yaw offset parameters optimize internal consistency. 6. Noise (e.g., pits and birds) was filtered using ALS postprocessing software, based on known elevation ranges and included the removal of any cycle slips. 7. Using TerraScan and Microstation, ground classifications utilized custom settings appropriate to the study area. 8. The corrected and filtered return points were compared to the RTK ground survey points collected to verify the vertical and horizontal accuracies. 9. Points were exported as laser points, TINed and GRIDed surfaces.
  • 2008-07-17T00:00:00 - The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) received the files in las format. The files contained Lidar elevation and intensity measurements. The data was in UTM Projection, Zone 10N and NAVD88 Geoid 03 vertical datum. CSC performed the following processing to the data to make it available within the LDART Retrieval Tool (LDART): 1. The data were converted from UTM coordinates to geographic coordinates. 2. The data were converted from NAVD88 (orthometric) heights to GRS80 (ellipsoid) heights using Geoid 03. 3. The LAS data were sorted by latitude and the headers were updated.
  • 2011-04-28T00:00:00 - 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: 2013-06-07
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