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2005 Puget Sound LiDAR Consortium (PSLC) Topographic LiDAR: Lower Columbia River

browse graphicThis kmz file shows the extent of coverage for the 2005 PSLC Lower Columbia River, WA/OR (Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean) lidar data set.
Terrapoint, on behalf of multiple agencies, collected topographic lidar of the Lower Columbia River area. Field data collection took place between the dates of January 10th and February 20th, 2005. The control network and checkpoint surveys were performed from January 4th to February 12th, 2005. The project area covers approximately 890 square miles along the Columbia River, from the Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. A total of 431 flightlines were required to cover the project area flightlines. Terrapoint used a 40 kHz Airborne Laser Terrain Mapping System ALTMS sensor attached to a Navajo Twin-engin aircraft (C-FVZM). The mission was flown at 3500 feet above ground level at an average speed of 140 knots. The system consists of a 36 degree full scan angle laser, a Trimble 4700 GPS receiver and a Honeywell H764 IMU unit. The nominal flightline spacing was 1070 feet with 30 to 50% sidelap. The surveyed and processed data was received divided by funding agency. The agency responsible for funding each tile is represented as a number (0:COE, 1:DNR, 2:DOGAMI, 3:DOI) in the "User Data" field of each LAS file.
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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 Diana Martinez
Senior GIS Analyst, Puget Sound Regional Council
Puget Sound Lidar Consortium (PSLC)
Associated Resources
  • publication: 2013-08-01
Data Presentation Form: Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to provide a high quality DEM of the site for multiple participating agencies.
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be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since this data set was collected and some parts of this data may no longer represent actual surface conditions.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
  • Diana Martinez
    Puget Sound Lidar Consortium (PSLC)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Washington Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/OCM > Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 2005-01-10 to 2005-02-20
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4269
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 46.474753
S: 45.401999
E: -121.920620
W: -124.094973
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords none
  • Topography/Bathymetry
  • Elevation
  • Model
  • LiDAR
  • LAS
  • Remote Sensing
Place keywords None
  • US
  • Columbia River
  • Oregon
  • Clatsop County
  • Multnomah County
  • Columbia County
  • Washington
  • Clark County
  • Skamania County
  • Cowlitz County
  • Wahkiakum County
  • Pacific County
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Fees Fee information not available.
Lineage information for: dataset
  • 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
  • 2005-01-01T00:00:00 - The following software was used to reduce the GPS kinematic data, compute the 3-D laser points, classify and edit laser points, produce shaded relief images and transform the ellipsoidal heights to Orthometric: ArcView, Flykin, Microstation, TerraScan, TerraModeler, TerraModel, and Terrapoint Proprietary LiDAR processing software
  • 2013-08-01T00:00:00 - The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) received topographic files in ASCII .TXT format. The files contained lidar elevation measurements, GPS time measurements (week/second), number of returns, return number, scan angle, intensity, and classification. The data were received in Washington State Plane South Zone 4602, NAD83 coordinates and were vertically referenced to NAVD88 using the Geoid03 model. The vertical units of the data were feet. CSC performed the following processing for data storage and Digital Coast provisioning purposes: 1. The ASCII .TXT files were run through a parser to convert GPS Week/Second Time to Adjusted Standard GPS Time and change the format of the Classification field. 2. The parsed ASCII .TXT files were converted to LAS version 1.2 using LAStools' txt2las tool. 3. The User Data field was set depending on agency which funded the tile. The User Data values are: 0 (USACE), 1 (DNR), 2 (DOGAMI), 3 (DOI). 4. The topographic las files were converted from orthometric (NAVD88) heights to ellipsoidal heights using Geoid03. 5. The topographic las files were converted from a Projected Coordinate System (WA SP South) to a Geographic Coordinate system (NAD 83). 6. The topographic las files' vertical units were converted from feet to meters. 7. The topographic las files' horizontal units were converted from feet to decimal degrees. 8. The data were converted to LAZ format.
  • 2013-10-17T00:00:00 - 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: 2013-10-17
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