Digital Elevation Models

Data Users Guide 5



The Earth Science Information Center (ESIC) distributes digital cartographic/geographic data files produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as part of the National Mapping Program. Digital cartographic data files may be grouped into four basic types. The first of these, called a Digital Line Graph (DLG), is the line map information in digital form. These data files include information on base data categories, such as transportation, hypsography, hydrography, and boundaries. The second type, called a Digital Elevation Model (DEM), consists of a sampled array of elevations for a number of ground positions at regularly spaced intervals. The third type is Land Use and Land Cover digital data which provides information on nine major classes of land use such as urban, agricultural, or forest as well as associated map data such as political units and Federal land ownership. The fourth type, the Geographic Names Information System, provides primary information for all known places, features, and areas in the United States identified by a proper name.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title Digital Elevation Models
Series title Data Users Guide
Series number 5
DOI 10.3133/70038376
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Science Information Center
Description Document: iv, 53 p.
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