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OCM Partners, 2024: 2013 USACE NCMP Topobathy Lidar: Long Island, NY,

Item Identification

Title: 2013 USACE NCMP Topobathy Lidar: Long Island, NY
Short Name: usace2013_long_isl_m3664_metadata
Status: Completed
Creation Date: 2013
Publication Date: 2014-07-22

This project was delivered to the Office for Coastal Management for use and dissemination on the Digital Coast. These files contain classified topographic and bathymetric lidar data as unclassified valid topographic data (1), Valid bathymetric data (reclassed to 11) and valid topographic data classified as ground (2). Classes 1 and 2 are defined in accordance with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) classification standards. These data were collected by the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) system. CZMIL integrates a lidar sensor with topographic and bathymetric capabilities, a digital camera and a hyperspectral imager on a single remote sensing platform for use in coastal mapping and charting activities. Native lidar data is not generally in a format accessible to most Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Specialized USACE and commercial software packages are used to process the native lidar data into 3-dimensional positions that can be imported into GIS software for visualization and further analysis.

In addition to these lidar point data, the bare earth Digital Elevation Models (DEM) created from the lidar point data are also available. These data are available for custom download at the link provided in the URL section of this metadata record.


These data were collected in 2013 to depict the elevations above and below water along Fire Island National Seashore.



Supplemental Information:

A footprint of this data set may be viewed in Google Earth at:


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2013
None September

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Model (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

LiDAR points in LAZ format (Classes 1,2,11)

Entity Attribute Detail Citation:


Distribution Liability:

Any conclusions drawn from the analysis of this information are not the responsibility of USACE, JALBTCX, NOAA, the Office for Coastal Management or its partners.

Data Set Credit: USACE JALBTCX

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 682041
Date Effective From: 2014-07-22
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


CC ID: 682043
Date Effective From: 2014-07-22
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 682044
Date Effective From: 2014-07-22
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202

Point of Contact

CC ID: 682042
Date Effective From: 2014-07-22
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1135722
W° Bound: -73.250735
E° Bound: -72.844001
N° Bound: 40.757643
S° Bound: 40.620871

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 1135721
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2013-09-26

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1135719

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 3D
EPSG Code: EPSG:6319
EPSG Name: NAD83(2011)
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

This data can be obtained on-line at the following URL:;

Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

These data depict the heights at the time of the survey and are only accurate for that time. Acknowledgement of the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of eXpertise (JALBTCX) would be appreciated in any publications or derived products. The data herein, including but not limited to geographic data, tabular data, analytical data, electronic data structures or files, are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the data is assumed by the user. No guarantee of accuracy is granted, nor is any responsibility for reliance thereon assumed. In no event shall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District Office, Spatial Data Branch be liable for direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special damages of any kind, including, but not limited to, loss of anticipated profits or benefits arising out of use of or reliance on the data. The Spatial Data Branch does not accept liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers or other transformations or conversions, nor is there responsibility assumed to maintain the data in any manner or form.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 741912
Download URL:
Distributor: NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM) (2014-07-22 - Present)
File Name: Customized Download

Create custom data files by choosing data area, product type, map projection, file format, datum, etc.

File Type (Deprecated): Zip
Compression: Zip

Distribution 2

CC ID: 741913
Download URL:
Distributor: NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM) (2014-07-22 - Present)
File Name: Bulk Download

Simple download of data files.

File Type (Deprecated): LAZ
Distribution Format: LAS/LAZ - LASer
Compression: Zip



CC ID: 741915
Name: OAA's Office for Coastal Management (OCM) Data Access Viewer (DAV)
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML

The Data Access Viewer (DAV) allows a user to search for and download elevation, imagery, and land cover data for the coastal U.S. and its territories. The data, hosted by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, can be customized and requested for free download through a checkout interface. An email provides a link to the customized data, while the original data set is available through a link within the viewer.


CC ID: 741916
Name: NOAA's Office for Coastal Management (OCM) website
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML

Information on the NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM)


CC ID: 741917
Name: Browse Graphic
URL Type:
Browse Graphic
File Resource Format: kmz

This graphic shows the coverage of the Fire Island National Seashore in New York.


CC ID: 1089844
Name: Custom DEM Download
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: Zip

Link to custom download, from the Data Access Viewer (DAV), the raster Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data that were created from this lidar data set.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 682062
Activity Date/Time: 2016-09-12

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 682061
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14

Converted from FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 718469
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 741914
Activity Date/Time: 2018-03-13

Partial upload to move data access links to Distribution Info.

Data Quality


These data are not attributed.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Topo data - Compiled to meet 1 m @ 95% confidence level. Bathy data - compiled to meet 3.5 + 0.05*d m @ 95% confidence level (d is depth).

Vertical Positional Accuracy:

Topo data - 19.6 cm @ 95% confidence level (10 cm RMSE). Bathy shallow FOV data - SQRT((0.25^2)+((0.0075d)^2)) m at @ 95% confidence level. Bathy deep FOV data - SQRT((0.30^2)+((0.013d)^2)) m @ 95% confidence level (d is depth).

Completeness Report:

This data set covers the spatial extent of topographic lidar data obtained during this survey.

Conceptual Consistency:

During inspection and QC of the lidar point cloud, flightline to flightline elevation differences met the CZMIL sensor specifications.


Lineage Statement:

The USACE collected, processed, and provided the data to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM). OCM received the data and processed it to be available for custom download from the Data Access Viewer (DAV) and for bulk download from https.



CC ID: 1135715
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1135716

These data were collected using the CZMIL system. It is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The system collects lidar data at 10 kHz and RGB imagery at 2 Hz. A CASI-1500 hyperspectral line scanner is integrated with the system as well. Aircraft position, velocity and acceleration information are collected through a combination of Novatel and POS A/V 510 equipment. All raw data streams are transferred to the office for downloading and processing in CZMILs Hydro Fusion software. Aircraft position data are processed using POSPac software and the results are combined with the lidar data to produce 3-D positions for each lidar shot. Upon inspection and QA/QC in the software packages Fledermaus and PFM_ABE, anomalous data are flagged as invalid. PFM_ABE software then converts all valid data from ellipsoid to orthometric heights based on the NGS' GEOID12A model and exports valid lidar data as a series of unclassified LAS files.

Process Date/Time: 2013-06-08 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1135717

LAS files are imported into GeoCue V2012.1.27.7, which is a geospatial workflow production and management software tool employed by JALBTCX to perform and monitor production of data products. Upon import into GeoCue, A customized classification macro, built upon the TerraScan V13 module within Microstation V8i, classifies valid topographic data as ground points (2) and unclassified points (1). Upon completion the macro, the classification results undergo quality control and any misclassified points are manually edited. In areas of dense vegetation the bare earth ground points might be incorrectly classified due to the inability of the laser to penetrate the canopy and reach the bare ground. In these areas, JALBTCX defaults to the algorithms ground surface instead of manually reclassifying those points. The final classification results are comprised of individual lidar points with classifications of ground (2) or unclassified (1). They are partitioned into a series of 5 km or quarter quad delivery boxes, one Classified LAS file per box. The format of the file is LAS version 1.2. Data are classified as 1 (valid non-ground topographic data), 2 (valid ground topographic data), and 29 (valid bathymetric data). Horizontal positions are provided in decimal degrees of latitude and longitude referenced to the North American Datum of 1983 National Adjustment of 2011 (NAD83 NA2011) and vertical positions are referenced to the NAD83 NA11 ellipsoid and provided in meters.

Process Date/Time: 2013-11-29 00:00:00

Process Step 3

CC ID: 1135718

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) received the topographic/bathymetric files in LAS format from USACE. The files contained lidar easting, northing, elevation, intensity, return number, etc. The data was received in Geographic Coordinates (decimal degrees). The vertical coordinates were referenced to NAVD88 in meters using the Geoid12a model. OCM performed the following processing for data storage and Digital Coast provisioning purposes:

1. Class 29 points (bathymetry) were reclassified to Class 11 (bathymetry) to fit OCM DAV class scheme.

2. LAS files were converted to ellipsoidal vertical heights.

Process Date/Time: 2014-07-15 00:00:00
Process Contact: Office for Coastal Management (OCM)

Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
Data Set (DS) Cross Reference 2013 USACE NCMP Topobathy Lidar DEM: Long Island, NY

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 49889
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:49889
Metadata Record Created By: Anne Ball
Metadata Record Created: 2017-11-15 15:22+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-10-17 16:12+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-03-16
Owner Org: OCMP
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-03-16
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-03-16