I've downloaded a few LAS files from the NOAA:
lasinfo to get the coordinate system of the LAS files and it returned:
GCS_NAD_1983_NSRS2007 WKID: 4759 Authority: EPSG Angular Unit: Degree (0.0174532925199433) Prime Meridian: Greenwich (0.0) Datum: D_NAD_1983_NSRS2007 Spheroid: GRS_1980 Semimajor Axis: 6378137.0 Semiminor Axis: 6356752.314140356 Inverse Flattening: 298.257222101
This is a geographic coordinate system and does not contain a linear unit.
I saw this quote in the ESRI documentation:
It is recommended that LAS data be delivered and consumed in a projected coordinate system, for example, UTM or NAD83 State Plane. LAS data that is captured in Geographic coordinates can be displayed, but some functionality may fail or be suboptimal.
What type of functionality may fail or be suboptimal? I wish they said a little more here.
I'm not positive, but I think this may be the reason I'm having trouble creating a DEM from the LAS points - because it's in a geographic coordinate system? The DEM appears to be correct, but when I add it to ArcScene and set the base heights to itself, it's all messed up.
When is the best time to reproject? Do I reproject the LAS file itself, or after I create the multipoint feature? Or do I reproject the DEM itself?
Also, the website states the resolution as:
Resolution: Point density is 0.1 to 8 pts/meter2
What would this be equivalent to?