Data Management Plan
DMP Template v2.0.1 (2015-01-01)Please provide the following information, and submit to the NOAA DM Plan Repository.
Reference to Master DM Plan (if applicable)
As stated in Section IV, Requirement 1.3, DM Plans may be hierarchical. If this DM Plan inherits provisions from a higher-level DM Plan already submitted to the Repository, then this more-specific Plan only needs to provide information that differs from what was provided in the Master DM Plan.
1. General Description of Data to be Managed
These data represent integrated lidar and sonar topobathymetric point cloud data. Quantum Spatial, Inc. (QSI) collected the topobathymetric lidar using a Riegl VQ880GII system on May 22, 2019. Merkel and Associates collected sonar data to provide bathymetric surface modeling in areas lacking lidar coverage. The sonar was collected between June 17th-19th, 2019 using a SEA SWATHplus-H sonar system. QSI performed the lidar/sonar integration. The dataset includes topobathy data in a LAS 1.4 format file with the following classification:1-Unclassified, 1-O (Overlap bit) - Edge clip (geometrically unreliable points at the edge of flightline swaths), 2-Ground, 7-Noise, 9-NIR water surface, 20-Ignored ground and sonar (excluded for seamless model creation), 40-Bathymetric point, 41-Green laser water surface,and 45- Green laser water column in accordance with project specifications. Sonar data has been assigned a Point Source ID of 9 and a User Byte of 2. All other data is lidar-derived. The NOAA Morro Bay area of covers approximately 4,215 acres over Morro Bay, including the Morro Bay Estuary and roughly 3.6 miles of coastline. LAS files were compiled by 500 m x 500 m tiles.
Notes: Only a maximum of 4000 characters will be included.
Notes: Data collection is considered ongoing if a time frame of type "Continuous" exists.
Notes: All time frames from all extent groups are included.
Notes: All geographic areas from all extent groups are included.
(e.g., digital numeric data, imagery, photographs, video, audio, database, tabular data, etc.)
(e.g., satellite, airplane, unmanned aerial system, radar, weather station, moored buoy, research vessel, autonomous underwater vehicle, animal tagging, manual surveys, enforcement activities, numerical model, etc.)
2. Point of Contact for this Data Management Plan (author or maintainer)
Notes: The name of the Person of the most recent Support Role of type "Metadata Contact" is used. The support role must be in effect.
Notes: The name of the Organization of the most recent Support Role of type "Metadata Contact" is used. This field is required if applicable.
3. Responsible Party for Data Management
Program Managers, or their designee, shall be responsible for assuring the proper management of the data produced by their Program. Please indicate the responsible party below.
Notes: The name of the Person of the most recent Support Role of type "Data Steward" is used. The support role must be in effect.
Programs must identify resources within their own budget for managing the data they produce.
5. Data Lineage and Quality
NOAA has issued Information Quality Guidelines for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information which it disseminates.
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Topobathy lidar and side scan sonar data were collected within the study area. These data were processed to produce a seamless data set.
- Data for the NOAA Morro Bay project was acquired by Quantum Spatial (QSI) using a Riegl VQ-880GII Topobathy LiDAR system. Sonar data was collected by Merkel and Associates using a SEA SWATHplus-H sonar system. QSI reviewed all acquired flight lines to ensure complete coverage and positional accuracy of the laser points. QSI creates an initial product call Quick Look Coverage Maps. These Quick Looks files are not fully processed data or final products. The collected LiDAR data is immediately processed in the field by QSI to a level that will allow QA\QC measures to determine if the sensor is functioning properly and assess the coverage of submerged topography. An initial SBET was created in POSPAC MMS 8.1 and used in RiProcess which applies pre-calibrated angular misalignment corrections of scanner position to extract the raw point cloud into geo-referenced LAS files. These files were inspected for sensor malfunctions and then passed through automated classification routines (TerraScan) to develop a rough topobathymetric ground model for an initial assessment of bathymetric coverage. To correct the continuous onboard measurements of the aircraft position recorded throughout the missions, QSI concurrently conducted multiple static Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) ground surveys (1 Hz recording frequency) over established monuments located in or around the project area. After the airborne survey, the static GPS data were triangulated with nearby Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) using the Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) for precise positioning. Multiple independent sessions over the same monument were processed to confirm antenna height measurements and to refine position accuracy. QSI then resolved kinematic corrections for aircraft position data using kinematic aircraft GPS and static ground GPS data. A final smoothed best estimate trajectory (SBET) was developed that blends post-processed aircraft position with attitude data. Sensor head position and attitude are calculated throughout the survey. The SBET data are used extensively for laser point processing. The software Trimble Business Center v.3.90, Blue Marble Geographic Calculator 2017, and PosPac MMS 8.1 SP3 are used for these processes. (Citation: Raw Lidar)
- Next, QSI used RiProcess 1.8.5 to calculate laser point positioning of the Riegl VQ-880GII data by associating SBET positions to each laser point return time, scan angle, intensity, etc. A raw laser point cloud is created in Riegl data format and erroneous points are filtered. Data was exported to LAS 1.4 format and are combined into 500 m x 500 m tiles. Data was then further calibrated using TerraScan, TerraModeler, and TerraMatch and a refraction correction was applied to all sub-water surface returns using QSI proprietary LAS Monkey software. QSI used custom algorithms in TerraScan to create the initial ground/submerged topography surface. Relative accuracy of the green swaths was compared to overlapping and adjacent swaths and verified through the use Delta-Z (DZ) orthos created using QSI's DZ Ortho creator. Absolute vertical accuracy of the calibrated data was assessed using ground RTK survey data and complete coverage was again verified. (Citation: Processed Topobathy)
- QSI then performed manual editing to review all classification and improve the final topobathymetric surface. A final bathymetric void shape was created after final editing and provided to Merkel and Associates to target for sonar data collection. The acquired sonar was then integrated into the LiDAR dataset to provide a seamless bathymetric model. As a general rule, in areas of overlap sonar data was prioritized in deeper areas of the channel while LiDAR data was prioritized in shallower areas of the channel including all areas not submerged during the LiDAR collection. As the lidar laser approaches the laser’s extinction point bathymetric surface profiles and point density degrade thus the prioritization of sonar data in these areas. Conversely side-scan sonar does better when water depths are greater than 1m as areas shallower than this are prone to increased noise making the lidar data more reliable in these areas. Within the Morro Bay site there was one notable area of significant temporal change. The sand spit at the mouth of the bay displayed a difference as great as 5 meters from the lidar survey. Despite this area being collected at true ground during the lidar survey, the sonar data was used in this area being the most temporally recent data and collected at high tide with high confidence in the surface. All data from either sensor that was not used in model creation is still preserved in the point cloud as Ignored Ground/Bathymetry (class 20). Please see Appendix B of the NOAA Morro Bay Report for more information regarding the sonar acquisition and processing. QSI's LasMonkey was used to update LAS header information, including all projection and coordinate reference system information. The final LiDAR data are in LAS format 1.4 and point data record format 6. (Citation: Processed Topobathy)
- The NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) received 97 LAS files from Quantum Spatial. The files contained lidar elevation and intensity measurements. The data were in UTM Zone 10 coordinates and ellipsoid elevations in meters. OCM performed the following processing on the data for Digital Coast storage and provisioning purposes: 1. Converted from UTM Zone 10 to geographic coordinates 2. Sorted by gps time 3. Compressed the data using laszip
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6. Data Documentation
The EDMC Data Documentation Procedural Directive requires that NOAA data be well documented, specifies the use of ISO 19115 and related standards for documentation of new data, and provides links to resources and tools for metadata creation and validation.
- 1.7. Data collection method(s)
- 3.1. Responsible Party for Data Management
- 5.2. Quality control procedures employed
- 7.1.1. If data are not available or has limitations, has a Waiver been filed?
- 7.4. Approximate delay between data collection and dissemination
- 8.3. Approximate delay between data collection and submission to an archive facility
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7. Data Access
NAO 212-15 states that access to environmental data may only be restricted when distribution is explicitly limited by law, regulation, policy (such as those applicable to personally identifiable information or protected critical infrastructure information or proprietary trade information) or by security requirements. The EDMC Data Access Procedural Directive contains specific guidance, recommends the use of open-standard, interoperable, non-proprietary web services, provides information about resources and tools to enable data access, and includes a Waiver to be submitted to justify any approach other than full, unrestricted public access.
Notes: The name of the Organization of the most recent Support Role of type "Distributor" is used. The support role must be in effect. This information is not required if an approved access waiver exists for this data.
Notes: This field is required if a Distributor has not been specified.
Notes: All URLs listed in the Distribution Info section will be included. This field is required if applicable.
Data is available online for custom downloads
Notes: This field is required if applicable.
8. Data Preservation and Protection
The NOAA Procedure for Scientific Records Appraisal and Archive Approval describes how to identify, appraise and decide what scientific records are to be preserved in a NOAA archive.
(Specify NCEI-MD, NCEI-CO, NCEI-NC, NCEI-MS, World Data Center (WDC) facility, Other, To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended)
Notes: This field is required if archive location is World Data Center or Other.
Notes: This field is required if archive location is To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended.
Notes: Physical Location Organization, City and State are required, or a Location Description is required.
Discuss data back-up, disaster recovery/contingency planning, and off-site data storage relevant to the data collection
Data is backed up to tape and to cloud storage.
9. Additional Line Office or Staff Office Questions
Line and Staff Offices may extend this template by inserting additional questions in this section.