ABoVE 2017

In June-July 2017, the NASA LVIS Facility was deployed to sites in northern Canada and Alaska as part of NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) 2017 airborne campaign. During the 4 week deployment of LVIS-F, a total of 15 flights were flown over diverse science targets based out of multiple airports in Canada and Alaska. Data are available in both Level1B and Level2 formats. The Level1b data files contain the geolocated laser waveform data for each laser footprint. The Level2 data files contain canopy top and ground elevations and relative heights derived from the Level1b data.

Level 2 files are much smaller and more manageable. For those users not familiar with waveform lidar data, we recommend that you start with the Level2 files before moving to the Level1b files (e.g., for context or to apply different algorithms).

The Level1B data are in HDF5 and the Level2 data are in ascii.

Further details on the Level1B and Level2 data structures can be found in the following document: LVIS_GabonAfriSAR_data_release.pdf

Use the python code posted here to view the data products from this mission.

LVIS Mission Information

LVIS Lidar
Instrument Version: LVIS-Facility
Flight Platform: Dynamic Aviation
Super King Air B200T
Nominal Flight Altitude: 28,000'
Nominal LVIS Swath Width: 1.8km (200mrad)
Nominal LVIS Footprint Diameter: 10m (0.75mrad)
LVIS Camera
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5DS R
Lens Model: Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar
T* 100mm f/2 ZE
Image Resolution: 50.3 Megapixels
8688px x 5792px
Nominal Resolution: 3.1km x 2.0km (0.35m/px)
Nominal Overlap: 75%



  • CYXE - Saskatoon Int'l Airport (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • CYZF - Yellowknife Airport (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada)
  • CYEV - Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport (Inuvik, Nothwest Territories, Canada)
  • CYXY - Whitehorse Int'l Airport (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)
  • PAFA - Fairbanks Int'l Airport (Fairbanks, AK, USA)
  • PABR - Wiley Post-Will Rogers Airport (Barrow, AK, USA)
  • PAKT - Ketchikan Int'l Airport (Ketchikan, AK, USA)
  • KGGW - Wokal Field / Glasgow Int'l Airport (Glasgow, MT, USA)

Data Products

LVIS Data Products Format Download Location
Flight TrajectoriesKMZThis page
Camera TrajectoriesKMZThis page
LVIS L1A Camera ImageryJPG*NSIDC, NASA EarthData
LVIS L1B Geolocated WaveformsHDF, LDS 2.0.2NSIDC, NASA EarthData
LVIS L2 Elevation and Height ProductsASCII TXT, LDS 2.0.2aNSIDC, NASA EarthData

*Image position and attitude embedded in exif data.

View MJD Date Region / Remarks GPS Flight Trajectory Camera Trajectory Preliminary LVIS Coverage# (Key) Gridded KMZs
57933 29 Jun 2017 Saskatoon to Yellowknife [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57933 29 Jun 2017 Slave Lake [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57934 30 Jun 2017 Yellowknife to Inuvik [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57934 30 Jun 2017 Inuvik to Yellowknife [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57935 1 Jul 2017 Daring Lake [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57936 2 Jul 2017 W and SW Slave Lake [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57937 3 Jul 2017 Yellowknife to Whitehorse [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57937 3 Jul 2017 Whitehorse to Fairbanks [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57940 6 Jul 2017 Kluane [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57941 7 Jul 2017 Healy [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57943 9 Jul 2017 Fairbanks to Barrow [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57948 14 Jul 2017 Fairbanks to Deadhorse via Toolik Lake [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57948 14 Jul 2017 Deadhorse to Fairbanks via Fort Yukon [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57949 15 Jul 2017 Fort Yukon [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57950 16 Jul 2017 Fairbanks to Ketchikan [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml]
57950 16 Jul 2017 Ketchikan to Glasgow [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml]
57951 17 Jul 2017 BERMS Flight [kmz] [kmz/jpg] [kml] [ZG][RH95]
57952 18 Jul 2017 Glasgow to Toledo [kmz] [kmz/jpg] N/A
Jun - Jul 2017 All Flights [kmz]

# Preliminary LVIS Coverage locations are generated shortly after a flight and based on quicklook product information and are intended for general guidance only.
Key: Red=0%, Pink=1-10%, Orange=10-20%, Yellow=20-50%, Green=50-100%