Fountain Valley LiDAR Data - 2019 & 2020 - Hakai Airborne Coastal Observatory - British Columbia - Canada

Brian Menounos’ Research group at UNBC, along with Hakai Geospatial, flew Lidar and Imagery east of Lillooet over 3 days in 2019 (July 13th & 22nd, and August 13th 2019). Re-flights were required in 2020 to help remove data noise and low point density.

The project took place in 2019, and again in 2020 for reflights, within a 315 km2 area east of Lillooet, BC.

Below is a brief overview of the Airborne Coastal Observatory (ACO) and the type of data collected. For more information on post processing, data quality assurance, software used, and summary of results please contact The ACO is an aerial remote sensing platform used by the Hakai Institute to survey landscapes in detail. A Piper Navajo aircraft carries an array of integrated airborne mapping sensors installed to collect data in concert. The aircraft is operated and maintained by Kisik Aerial Surveys (Delta, BC).
Data products available: Lidar data (LAZ)- classified point cloud – digital surface model – digital terrain model. Image data (TIFF) – 4 band orthophotos – RGB & NIR. Hyperspectral data (not always captured). A detailed project report with the summary of acquisition, processing, and overall hardware / software is available (PDF). Sensors and instrument breakdown: Inertial Navigation System: Manufacturer: Applanix (Canada), IMU Model: POS AV 510 IMAR, GNSS Model: Trimble AV39. Laser sensor: Riegl LMS-Q 780 long-range airborne laser scanner. Point density ranges per project and landscape from 1-12 points per square meter. Aerial cameras: two fully integrated Phaseone Industrial iXU-RS1000 medium format cameras, resolution: 100MP, lens: 50mm f/4.0 Rodenstock. Hyperspectral Sensor: manufacturer: Specim, model: AisaFENIX 384, spectral range: 380 - 2500 nm

Access and Use

Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Limitations: Appropriate credit must be given to Hakai Institute and the authors of the dataset.

Data and Resources



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Metadata Reference Date(s) March 01, 2022 (Publication)
March 01, 2022 (Revision)
Data Reference Date(s) July 13, 2019 (Creation)
July 14, 2020 (Revision)
November 01, 2020 (Publication)
Frequency of Update As Needed

Responsible Party 1
Geospatial Technology Team
Hakai Institute
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Responsible Party 2
Airborne Coastal Observatory
Airborne Coastal Observatory - Hakai Institute
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Field Value
Ocean Variables Other
Scope Dataset
Status Completed
Topic Category oceans
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North Bounding Latitude 50.8
South Bounding Latitude 50.56
East Bounding Longitude -121.7
West Bounding Longitude -122.0
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