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Topobathymetric Model for the Central Coast of California, 1929 to 2017


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Tyler, D.J., Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., and Gesch, D.B., 2018, Topobathymetric model for the central coast of California, 1929 to 2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


To support the modeling of storm-induced flooding, the USGS Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Applications Project has created an integrated 1-meter topobathymetric digital elevation model (TBDEM) for the Central California Coast. High-resolution coastal elevation data is required to identify flood, hurricane, and sea-level rise inundation hazard zones and other earth science applications, such as the development of sediment transport and storm surge models. The new TBDEM consists of the best available multi-source topographic and bathymetric elevation data for the onshore and offshore areas in Central California. The Central California TBDEM integrates 70 different topographic and bathymetric data sources including LiDAR [...]


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As a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP), the National Geospatial Program (NGP), and the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the CoNED Applications Project integrates disparate light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and bathymetric data sources into a common 3D database aligned both vertically and horizontally to a common reference system. CoNED Project TBDEM elevation model development is focused in select regions around the U.S. Coast, such as in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (NGOM), the Hurricane Sandy Region, the California Coast Region, the Pacific Northwest, and the North Slope of Alaska. CoNED Project topobathymetric digital elevation models (TBDEM) provide a required seamless elevation product for several science application studies such as shoreline delineation, coastal inundation mapping, sediment-transport, sea-level rise, storm surge models, tsunami impact assessment, and also to analyze the impact of various climate change scenarios on coastal regions. The raster elevation topobathymetric elevation product, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata, and the spatially referenced metadata are contained in the downloadable bundle. Spatially referenced metadata are contained within an ESRI geodatabase that contains footprints for each of the input source areas. References: Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Brock, J.C., Evans, G.A., Tyler, D.J., Gesch, D.B., Thatcher, C.A., and Barras, J.A. , 2016, Topobathymetric elevation model development using a new methodology-Coastal National Elevation Database: Journal of Coastal Research, SI no. 76, p. 75-89, at Thatcher, C.A., Brock, J.C., Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Gesch, D.B., Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M.E., Barras, J.A., Evans, G.A., and Gibbs, A.E., 2016, Creating a Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) for science and conservation applications: Journal of Coastal Research, SI no. 76, p. 64-74, at USGS Gesch, Dean B., 2007, The National Elevation Dataset chap. 4 of Maune, D., ed., Digital elevation model technologies and applications-the DEM users manual, (2d ed.): Bethesda, Md., American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, p. 99-118. Sugarbaker, L.J., Constance, E.W., Heidemann, H.K., Jason, A.L., Lukas, Vicki, Saghy, D.L., and Stoker, J.M., 2014, The 3D Elevation Program initiative—A call for action: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1399, 35 p Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2013, The 3D Elevation Program—Summary for California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3056, 2 p.,

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7736Q34

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