Topographic point cloud for the intertidal zone at Puget Creek and Dickman Mill Park, Tacoma, WA, 2019-06-03

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Description This portion of the data release presents topographic point clouds of the intertidal zone at Puget Creek and Dickman Mill Park, Tacoma, WA, derived from structure-from-motion (SfM) processing of aerial imagery collected with an unmanned aerial system (UAS) on 2019-06-03. The point clouds for Puget Creek and Dickman Mill Park contain 74,565,548 and 122,791,637 points, respectively, at an approximate point spacing of 1 point every 2 centimeters. Each point contains an explicit horizontal and vertical coordinate, color, intensity, and classification. Water portions of the point cloud were classified using a polygon digitized from the orthomosaic imagery derived from these surveys (also available in this data release). No other classifications were performed. The raw imagery used to create these point clouds was acquired using a UAS fitted with a Ricoh GR II digital camera featuring a global shutter. The UAS was flown on pre-programmed autonomous flight lines at an approximate altitude of 50 meters above ground level (AGL). The flight lines were oriented roughly shore-parallel and were spaced to provide approximately 70 percent overlap between images from adjacent lines. The camera was triggered at 1 Hz using a built-in intervalometer. The imagery was geotagged using positions from the UAS onboard single-frequency autonomous GPS. Twelve temporary ground control points (GCPs) were distributed throughout each survey area to establish survey control. The GCPs consisted of a combination of small square tarps with black-and-white cross patterns and "X" marks placed on the ground using temporary chalk. The GCP positions were measured using post-processed kinematic (PPK) GPS, using corrections from a GPS base station located approximately 5 kilometers from the study area. [More]
Originators Logan, Joshua B.; Grossman, Eric E.; VanArendonk, Nathan R.; and Horner, Liam

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