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Topobathymetric Model for the Southern Coast of California and the Channel Islands, 1930 to 2014


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Tyler, D.J., and Danielson, J.J., 2018, Topobathymetric model for the southern coast of California and the Channel Islands, 1930 to 2014: U.S. Geological Survey data release at


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 Southern California Coast and Channel Islands. The Channel Islands are a chain of eight islands where years of isolation has created unique fauna, flora, and archeological resources. The archipelago extends for 160 miles (257 km) between San Miguel Island in the north and San Clemente Island in the south. Five of the islands are part of Channel Islands National Park (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara), and the waters surrounding these islands make up the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. [...]


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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 in the northeast, the California Coast Region, the Pacific Northwest, and the North Slope of Alaska. CoNED Project topobathymetric digital elevation models (TBDEMs) 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 Gesch, Dean B., Oimoen, Michael J., and Evans, Gayla A., 2014, Accuracy assessment of the U.S. Geological Survey National Elevation Dataset, and comparison with other large-area elevation datasets-SRTM and ASTER: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1008, 10 p., at 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., Dartnell, P.,Finlayson, D.P., Ritchie, A.C., Cochrane, G.R., and Erdey, M.D., 2012, Bathymetry and acoustic backscatter—outer mainland shelf, eastern Santa Barbara Channel, California: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 702, 6 p., and GIS data. (Available at Dartnell, P., Driscoll, N.W., Brothers, D., Conrad, J.E., Kluesner, J., Kent, G., and Andrews, B., 2015, Colored shaded-relief bathymetry, acoustic backscatter, and selected perspective views of the inner continental borderland, Southern California, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3324, 3 sheets, Cochrane, G.R., 2016, Data release for the USGS interferometric sidescan sonar survey of SW Santa Rosa Island, California, USGS Data Release, NOAA Caldwell, R.J., L.A. Taylor, B.W. Eakins, K.S. Carignan, P.R. Grothe, E. Lim, and D.Z. Friday, 2011. Digital Elevation Models of Santa Monica, California: Procedures, Data Sources and Analysis, NOAA Technical Memorandum NESDIS NGDC-46, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Boulder, CO, 38 pp. CSUMB - California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) – Seafloor Mapping Lab - Chaytor, J.D., Goldfinger, C., Meiner, M.A., Huftile, G.J., Romsos, C. G., Legg, M.R., 2008. Measuring vertical tectonic motion at the intersection of the Santa Cruz-Catalina Ridge and Northern Channel Islands platform, California Continental Borderland, using submerged paleoshorelines. GSA Bulletin, Vol. 120, No.7/8, pp 1053-1071, Cochrane, G.R., and K. D. Lafferty, 2002, Use of acoustic classification of sidescan sonar data for mapping benthic habitat in the Northern Channel Islands, California. Continental Shelf Research, 22:683-690. Dartnell, P., and Gardner, J.V. 2004a. Predicting seafloor facies from multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. Vol. 70, No.9, pp 1081-1091.

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