NHDPlus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR)—A Hydrography Framework for the Nation

Fact Sheet 2020-3033
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Reliable and accurate high-resolution mapping of the Nation’s waters are critical inputs to models and decision support systems used to predict risk and enable response to impacts on water resources. It is necessary to know where the water is and how it relates to features beyond the stream network like forests, cities, and infrastructure. An up-to-date, high-resolution national hydrography framework is required for modeling the occurrence of water and to provide the ability to connect detailed information from the surrounding landscape to the stream network. To support this, the U.S. Geological Survey is developing NHDPlus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR), the next generation of NHDPlus using updated, high-resolution datasets to create a modern, scalable, and openly accessible hydrography framework for the inland waters of the Nation.

Suggested Citation

Buto, S.G., and Anderson, R.D., 2020, NHDPlus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR)---A hydrography framework for the Nation: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3033, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203033.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Building a National Hydrography Framework
  • NHDPlus HR Adds Value
  • The Power of NHDPlus HR
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title NHDPlus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR)---A hydrography framework for the Nation
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2020-3033
DOI 10.3133/fs20203033
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description 2 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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