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Daily Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scans of an eroding soft cliff at Happisburgh, UK (October-December 2019)

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2023-05-12
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2023-08-11
DOI Publication Date: 2023-10-11
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 4.25K Files | 2TB


This dataset contains 67 point-cloud elevation and colour intensity data collected daily along a 450 metre coastal stretch at Happisburgh, UK, over a time span of 3 months (October 2, 2019 to December 23, 2019). Also included are subsets of these point-clouds, named slices and grids. Scans were taken approximately daily, and on some days only one scanner was run resulting in half-size scans. A single FARO S350 LiDAR scanner was placed at two fixed locations on the beach, spaced 178 metres alongshore and between 30 to 40 metres from the 10 metre high cliff. The duration of the scanning at each location was around 30 minutes. These data were collected to better understand the dynamic of beach-cliff and shore platform interaction along soft cliffed coasts. ScanLAB Projects Ltd were responsible for the collection of the data, along with the British Geological Survey (BGS), funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NE/M004996/1; BLUE-coast project). This was a continuation of an Innovate UK project undertaken by ScanLAB Projects Ltd.

Citable as:  Pennington, C.V.L.; Shaw, M.; Brooks, T.; Briganti, R.; Gomez-Pazo, A.; Ruffini, G.; Appleton, M.; Payo Garcia, A. (2023): Daily Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scans of an eroding soft cliff at Happisburgh, UK (October-December 2019). NERC British Oceanographic Data Centre, 11 October 2023. doi:10.5285/b8cf940850164ebeb4cba343384f88b8.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: coast, cliff, beach, shore, platform, Happisburgh, LiDAR, meteorology, oceanography


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The raw data collected was further filtered and co-registered during post processing using FARO scene software. The global position of each TLS was recorded using a Leica GS15 at the end of the 9 month capture period. Then the exported scan data was transformed spatially to the GPS position and orientation recorded on-site, using ScanLABs proprietary processing software. All elevations are shown relative to Ordnance Datum Newlyn. The data are archived on the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)'s space at the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) and assigned a DOI. No quality control procedures were applied by BODC.

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The data are provided as-is with no quality control undertaken by the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC). The data suppliers have not indicated if any quality control has been undertaken on these data.
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This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
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  • var_id: Depth
  • var_id: Dir
  • var_id: Dissip
  • var_id: Dspr
  • var_id: Hsig
  • var_id: Qb
  • var_id: RTpeak
  • var_id: Tm01
  • var_id: Tm02
  • var_id: Tm_10

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