LiDAR Elevation, Twin Cities Metro Region, Minnesota, 2011


Fugro Horizons Inc. acquired highly accurate Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) elevation data for the Twin Cities metropolitan region in east-central Minnesota in Spring and Fall 2011, with some reflights in Spring 2012. The data cover Anoka, Benton, Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne and Washington counties. Most of the data was collected at 1.5 points/square meter. Smaller areas were collected with 2 points/square meter and with 8 points/square meter: 1. 1.5 points/square meter covers Morrison, Mille Lacs, Benton, Isanti, Sherburne, Anoka, Meeker, Hennepin, Washington, Carver, Scott, and Goodhue counties. 2. 2 points/square meter covers the Dakota Block (southern 2/3 of Dakota County) 3. 8 points/square meter covers portions of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the City of Maple Grove See map of block boundaries: Data are in the UTM Zone 15 coordinate system, NAD83 (HARN), NAVD88 Geoid09, meters. The tiling scheme is 16th USGS 1:24,000 quadrangle tiles. The vendor delivered the data to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in several formats: 1. One-meter digital elevation model 2. Edge-of-water breaklines 3. Classified LAS formatted point cloud data DNR staff quality-checked the data and created three additional products: two-foot contours, building outlines and hillshades. Note: This metadata record was created at the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office using information supplied by the vendor and by DNR.

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Twin Cities metropolitan region, Minnesota

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This lineage was generated by the FGDC CSDGM to 19139 transformation


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1. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources General Geographic Data License Agreement is online: 2. MnGeo's data disclaimer is online:

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Use Constraints: See Disclaimer field for complete use conditions.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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500 Lafayette Rd

St. Paul


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Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo)

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658 Cedar Street, Room 300

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