U.S. Coastal Lidar Elevation Data - Including the Great Lakes and Territories, 1996 - present

The NOAA Coastal Services Center manages and distributes lidar data for the coastal United States, including territorial possessions via the Digital Coast Data Access Viewer web-mapping application. The data span from the mid-1990's to the present and were collected using several different sensors. The collection includes data from topographic and bathymetric lidar sensors. Data are available for shoreline strips to full county coverage and larger. The products have been delivered to the CSC in various formats, projections, datums, and units. Once received, the data are reviewed, checked for errors, and standardized in a single format, projection, and datum. The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information serves as the long-term archive of these data.
  • Cite as: NOAA Office for Coastal Management. 1996: U.S. Coastal Lidar Elevation Data - Including the Great Lakes and Territories, 1996 - present. [subset]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Accessed [date].
  • NCEI Metadata ID: gov.noaa.ngdc:USCoastalLidarElevationData
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Distribution Formats
    Ordering InstructionsFree online NCEI serves as the archive for this LIDAR dataset. NCEI should only be contacted for the data if it cannot be obtained from NOAA Coastal Services Center.
    DistributorNOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    ncei.info@noaa.gov
    Dataset Point of Contact NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    ncei.info@noaa.gov
    Time Period1996-01-01 to Present
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
    N: 71.39
    S: -14.38
    E: -64.56
    W: -180
    N: 53.02
    S: 13.23
    E: 180
    W: 144.61
    Spatial Coverage Map
    Publication Dates
    • publication: 1996-01-01
    Dataset Progress StatusOngoing - data is continually being updated
    Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
    Data Update Frequency As needed
    PurposeThese topographic/bathymetric lidar data are made available to the public and coastal management community for a wide variety of uses, such as morphologic change analyses, inundation mapping, habitat classification, and visualization. NOTE: These data are NOT to be used for navigation.
    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.
    Dataset Citation
    • Cite as: NOAA Office for Coastal Management. 1996: U.S. Coastal Lidar Elevation Data - Including the Great Lakes and Territories, 1996 - present. [subset]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Accessed [date].
    Cited Authors
    • NOAA Office for Coastal Management
    Distributors
    • NOAA Office for Coastal Management
    Publishers
    • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    Theme keywordsNGDA Portfolio Themes
    • NGDA
    • National Geospatial Data Asset
    • Elevation Theme
    Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
    • Earth Science > Land Surface > Topography
    • Earth Science > Land Surface > Topography > Terrain Elevation
    • Earth Science > Land Surface > Geomorphology > Coastal Landforms/Processes
    • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomorphic Landforms/Processes > Coastal Landforms
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coastal Elevation
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Shoreline
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seafloor Topography
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Water Depth
    Data Center keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
    • DOC/NOAA/NOS/CSC > Coastal Services Center, NOS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Instrument keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
    • Earth Remote Sensing Instruments > Active Remote Sensing > Altimeters > Lidar/Laser Altimeters > LIDAR ALTIMETERS > Light Detection and Ranging Altimeters
    Place keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
    • United States of America
    • Land Surface
    • Sea Floor
    • U.S. shoreline
    • U.S. Great Lakes shoreline
    • U.S. Territories shoreline
    Use Constraints
    • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
    Access Constraints
    • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
    Other ConstraintsCite as: NOAA Office for Coastal Management. 1996: U.S. Coastal Lidar Elevation Data - Including the Great Lakes and Territories, 1996 - present. [subset]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Accessed [date].
    Fees
    • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free. However, fees may apply for custom orders, data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
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    Processing Steps
    • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
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      Last Modified: 2020-05-04
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