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Open-File Report 00-432

Geographic Information for Analysis of Highway Runoff-Quality Data on a National or Regional Scale in the Conterminous United States

By Tomas W. Smieszek and Gregory E. Granato

Prepared in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration

A Contribution to the National Highway Runoff Data and Methodology Synthesis


Spatial data are important for interpretation of water-quality information on a regional or national scale. Geographic information systems (GIS) facilitate interpretation and integration of spatial data. The geographic information and data compiled for the conterminous United States during the National Highway Runoff Water- Quality Data and Methodology Synthesis project is described in this document, which also includes information on the structure, file types, and the geographic information in the data files. This "geodata" directory contains two subdirectories, labeled "gisdata" and "gisimage." The "gisdata" directory contains ArcInfo coverages, ArcInfo export files, shapefiles (used in ArcView), Spatial Data Transfer Standard Topological Vector Profile format files, and meta files in subdirectories organized by file type. The "gisimage" directory contains the GIS data in common image-file formats. The spatial geodata includes two rain-zone region maps and a map of national ecosystems originally published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; regional estimates of mean annual streamflow, and water hardness published by the Federal Highway Administration; and mean monthly temperature, mean annual precipitation, and mean monthly snowfall modified from data published by the National Climatic Data Center and made available to the public by the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. These GIS files were compiled for qualitative spatial analysis of available data on a national and(or) regional scale and therefore should be considered as qualitative representations, not precise geographic location information.


Directory Structure and File Types
Regional Geographic Data

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Suggested Citation:

Smieszek, T.W., and Granato, G.E., 2000, Geographic Information for Analysis of Highway Runoff-Quality Data on a National or Regional Scale in the Conterminous United States: U.S. Geological Open-File Report 00432, 21 p.

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