LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

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LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by M.W.Taylor » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:17 pm

Attached is the NOAA LiDAR coverage map for the eastern half of the USA. While I sit idle between jobs, I have some time to process LiDAR. If there are any areas on this coverage map you would like be to process for tree height then respond to this post and I'll process by the order of response postings. Please keep the area size focused such as in individual park, reserve or forest as opposed to an entire state. There are also other data bases I can access that may have coverage beyond that which is offered by NOAA.

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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by dbhguru » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:55 am

Michael,

We all thank you for your generous offer. I, for one, will take you up on it. I’d like to get the numbers on the William Cullen Bryant Homestead run by the Trustees. It is located in western Hampshire county in western Massachusetts. A count of trees over 140 feet along with the number of those over 150 would be great.

Also, could you look at the Smith College property in Northampton, MA? Over 130 and 140 would be great. I have one white pine near Paradise Pond over 140.

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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by ElijahW » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:55 am

Thanks, Michael. NY is obviously at a deficit here, but PA looks great. I would be interested in seeing what Ricketts Glen SP looks like.

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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by Tyler » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:54 am

Michael,

I would be interested in any South Carolina data for Congaree National Park especially areas that are 140'+. Also if there are any 180'+ trees in Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve and surrounding areas.

Thanks,

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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:38 am

Michael- Wow thanks. I would like to have Tallahala Wildlife Management Area in Bienville NF and Black Creek Wilderness Area in Desoto NF. Larry

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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by edfrank » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:17 pm

Michael,

I am curious about Cook Forest State Park in PA. We had a fairly comprehensive survey a number of years ago. This would be a chance to see what has grown, and get a feel for how comprehensive the original survey was. We have maybe hundreds over 120, but fewer from 130 up with maximums to almost 185.

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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by MarkGraham » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:28 pm

Edward, what do you think of reviewing Heart’s Content and Tionesta Scenic Area? Mark

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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by edfrank » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:00 pm

MarkGraham wrote:Edward, what do you think of reviewing Heart’s Content and Tionesta Scenic Area? Mark
I would be interesting but there are not as many tall trees there as there are at Cook Forest and therefore comprehensive ground surveys there are more practical. I just suggested what I thought was the most intriguing site with the biggest takeaways because I don't want to burn Michael out.
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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by M.W.Taylor » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:13 pm

Bob, The "William Cullen Bryant Homestead" data on the NOAA server is corrupted. I will try to find it elsewhere. I did download part of the Smith College property. See attached boundary of process LiDAR. I see one tree a little over 140 feet and another nearby almost 140. The height banding is 120' red and 140' white. Is this area the entire college or do you want to me search further outside the boundary ?


dbhguru wrote:Michael,

We all thank you for your generous offer. I, for one, will take you up on it. I’d like to get the numbers on the William Cullen Bryant Homestead run by the Trustees. It is located in western Hampshire county in western Massachusetts. A count of trees over 140 feet along with the number of those over 150 would be great.

Also, could you look at the Smith College property in Northampton, MA? Over 130 and 140 would be great. I have one white pine near Paradise Pond over 140.

Bob
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oblique view of tallest forest in search area
oblique view of tallest forest in search area
zoomed in area of the 141 foot tree
zoomed in area of the 141 foot tree
120 red and 140 white - total area processed for this job
120 red and 140 white - total area processed for this job
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Re: LiDAR Coverage for the Eastern USA

Post by M.W.Taylor » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:23 pm

Elijah, I downloaded all the LIDAR for Ricketts Glen SP but so far only processed about 25% of the land area. I attached height banded images which are not necessarily in order. Tallest I get is 134' so far. These images are huge so I am only posting the tallest. The height banding here is 100 feet red and 120 feet white. Once I process then entire park I will make a KMZ file of the tallest forest with GPS.

This is a large search area and has worked my laptop's processor hard. My laptop was hot after processing 25% of it. Perhaps I need to upgrade to the latest gaming laptop ?
I will process the other 75% soon and post results.

Also, I think most of NY has LiDAR coverage that can be downloaded for the "EarthExplorer" website.

Michael

tallest here is 134. Red is 100 feet and white 120 feet
tallest here is 134. Red is 100 feet and white 120 feet
ElijahW wrote:Thanks, Michael. NY is obviously at a deficit here, but PA looks great. I would be interested in seeing what Ricketts Glen SP looks like.

Elijah

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