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Geomorphic Change Data for the Little Colorado River, Arizona, USA

Data for journal manuscript: Geomorphic Change and Biogeomorphic Feedbacks in a Desert River: The Little Colorado River, AZ


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Dean, D.J. and Topping, D.J., 2019, Geomorphic change data for the Little Colorado River, AZ, USA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data include geospatial files (shapefiles and orthorectified raster images) and an input hydrograph (csv) for a 1-dimensional unsteady hydrologic model. Shapefiles consist of active channel boundarys and channel centerlines of six reaches of the LCR beginning ~4.5 km above Grand Falls, AZ, and ending ~12.8 km downstream from Cameron, AZ. These reaches are (1) the ~4.5 km above Grand Falls reach, (2) the 1.5km below Grand Falls reach, (3) the ~18.8 km Black Falls reach, (4) the ~16.5 km above Cameron reach, (5) the ~4.7 km Cameron to Moenkopi reach, and (6) the ~8.1 km below Moenkopi reach. Raster images consist of orthorectified aerial photograph mosaics between 1933/34 and 1992. Scans of the images were acquired from either [...]


Point of Contact :
David J Dean
Originator :
David J Dean, David J Topping
Metadata Contact :
David J Dean
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U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Southwest Biological Science Center
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1954 Flood Input.csv 11.34 KB text/csv
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Aerial imagery was orthorectified and mosaicked by Pinnacle Mapping Technologies in Flagstaff, AZ such that active channel boundaries and channel centerlines could be delineated. Shapefiles of active channel boundaries and channel centerlines were used to calculate changes in active channel width over time. The input hydrograph for the hydrologic modeling was used to investigate how flood travel time and hydrograph shape changed over time as channel narrowing and vegetation colonization of floodplains occurred.


The author(s) of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9XPWIBM

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