NOAA’s Bathymetry website (http://ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/bathymetry/relief.html) has an integrated DEM and Topgraphy dataset at 10 meter resolution for download.
The Santa Monica quad (found via the NGDC bathymetry website) covers all the waters of LA County and is available in two different vertical datums:
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dem/squareCellGrid/download/663 http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dem/squareCellGrid/download/726 [...]
The California Ocean Protection Council, in partnership with USGS and NOAA Coastal Services Center, funded a LiDAR data collection effort along the California coast and San Francisco Bay, between 2009-2011. The data were made available last year through the NOAA Coastal Service Center’s Digital Coast Data Access Viewer.
The entire LiDAR [...]
NOAA provides a wealth of GIS data, including updates of its weather predictions.
Here are some useful links:
The NWS GIS Data Portal, where you can download kml and shapefiles. From there, you can go to: The NWS Web Services Page, where you can get the connection information for live [...]
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), low, earth-orbiting satellites have provided the military with important environmental information.
Some cool things you can find:
Nighttime lights of the world – – here’s a KMZ file I downloaded: DMSP_Nighttime_Lights.kmz Visible and Infrared imagery
Link to their sensors: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dmsp/sensors.html
The DMSP satellites “see” such environmental [...]