ARRA Golden Gate LiDAR Project Website

The Golden Gate LiDAR Project is a cooperative project sponsored by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) that has resulted in the collection and processing of high resolution 2 meter nominal pulse spacing or better LiDAR and meet objectives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).   The DEM data generated from the LiDAR will be added to The National Map, a set of national geospatial datasets available to the public at no cost.  The raw point cloud LiDAR will also become available through the CLICK (Center for LiDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge).  During the summer of 2010, we acquired LiDAR data for the counties and parks of the Marin and San Francisco Peninsulas. We also collected, concurrently, aerial photography and hyperspectral imagery.

The Principal Investigator is Dr. Ellen Hines, an Associate Professor at the SFSU Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies.   Please email her at for further information or if you'd like to be included on our email list. Also see the link for the Coastal & Marine Conservation and Spatial Planning Lab.

The project extent is based upon the watershed boundaries for all watersheds that contain the lands of Marin County and San Francisco County. It also includes the watersheds that contain Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  The area of interest includes watersheds that are also located in southern Sonoma County and northern San Mateo County and when combined total ~835 square miles (planimetric estimate) of area (please refer to the map below). The project area includes the Marin Peninsula and San Francisco Peninsula that form the western edge of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay. These peninsulas are north and south of the strait at the mouth of San Francisco Bay called the Golden Gate. This region is the northern part of the Central California coast.

We had great meetings at PRBO Conservation Science on Friday, Dec 17th 2010 AND Oct 7th, 2011. Thanks to Dr. Nadav Nur for hosting! ...and for hosting our grad student, Eli Waggoner, while he worked on our processing. Please follow this link to Eli's presentation

Our surveys are completed!, PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO Eartheye, our survey company:

Also, here is an article in the SFSU News about the project:

A new article by Eartheye about our project is in the Fall 2011 Bay Area Automated Mapping Association (BAAMA) Journal

UPDATES (Nov. 2011):

Our LiDAR data have been delivered to the USGS> however, if you wish to contact us directly, please email: Golden Gate Lidar Project datashare <>

Our hyperspectral data are being processed at the Hyperspectral-LiDAR Research Laboratory at the University of Victoria.

Ortho-rectified photos are being processed the the GGLP office, now at Romburg Tiburon Center for Environmental Science

We held a community users group meeting! Hosted by Professor Maggi Kelly at the Geospatial Innovation Facility at UC Berkeley, please see below:

Golden Gate LiDAR Project Workshop
December 13th, 2011 from 3-5pm
Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF)
UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources

We had a short presentation of our LiDAR, aerial photo and hyperspectral data  (these last two are still being processed, but should be avilable soon).
We’d also like to invite you to brainstorm on how we can work together to:
1)      expand the boundaries of this survey to other areas, and prioritize areas based on management and research needs
2)      suggest ways the present project data can be optimally used to create a/or implement research and management projects

We'd like to acknowledge the efforts and inspiration of Joseph Kinyon.