Elevation-Derived Hydrography Acquisition Specifications

Techniques and Methods 11-B11
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Hydrographic features derived from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 3D Elevation Program data, and collected for use by the USGS, must meet the specifications described in this document. The specifications described herein pertain to the final product delivered to the USGS, not to methods used to derive the hydrographic features. The specifications describe the collection area, spatial reference system, attribute table structure, feature codes and values, delineation of hydrographic features, topology, positional assessment, metadata, and delivery formats. A companion document, Elevation-Derived Hydrography—Representation, Extraction, Attribution, and Delineation Rules, defines the fields, domains, and minimum feature collection requirements for hydrography features derived from elevation data. Hydrographic features collected to this specification will be suitable for using as breaklines to hydroflatten digital elevation models, processing for preconflation of features to the National Hydrography Dataset, and using for hydroenforcement of digital elevation models.

Suggested Citation

Terziotti, S., and Archuleta, C.M., 2020, Elevation-Derived Hydrography Acquisition Specifications: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 11, chap. B11, 74 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm11B11.

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Purpose and Scope
  • Applicability
  • Product Descriptions
  • Requirement Terminology
  • Background
  • Elevation-Derived Hydrography Acquisition Specifications
  • Acknowledgments
  • Selected References
  • Glossary
  • Appendix 1. Elevation Hydrography Features in 3D Elevation Program Light Detection and Ranging Base Specification Version 1.3
  • Appendix 2. Specification Chapter Summary
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Elevation-derived hydrography acquisition specifications
Series title Techniques and Methods
Series number 11-B11
DOI 10.3133/tm11B11
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) NGTOC Rolla
Description Report: vii, 74 p.; Companion Report
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Section B: U.S. Geological Survey Standards in Book 11 Collection and Delineation of Spatial Data
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