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Hawaii Waterfalls Linked to the National Hydrography Datasets


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Martin, B., Tsang, Y.-P., Tingley, R.W., III, Wieferich, D.J., Clilverd, H., and Infante, D., 2019, Hawaii Waterfalls Linked to the National Hydrography Datasets: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This dataset contains information about waterfall locations and estimated waterfall heights on five of the main Hawaiian Islands including Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii. Initial spatial information was gathered from the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), the Hawaii Statewide GIS Program, and the World Waterfall Database. Where image quality permitted, the coordinates and spatial attributes from source data were used to verify and improve the quality of waterfall locations using Google Earth Pro (Google Inc. 2017)and the USGS HydroLink Tool. The HydroLink Tool was also used to link data to both the NHDPlusV2.1 and NHD High Resolution datasets by adding NHD addressing fields of reachcode [...]


Point of Contact :
Yin-Phan Tsang
Curator :
Daniel J Wieferich
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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Waterfall locations and characteristics are critical data for determining species distributions and migration patterns across stream networks, but can be overlooked due to the lack of data. This dataset starts to fill this data gap by providing an updated understanding of where waterfalls occur across the Hawaian stream network and, when available, physical characteristics of the falls.

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Type Scheme Key
DOI doi:10.5066/P9EA3GCD
USGS_ScienceCenter Science Analytics and Synthesis
USGS_MissionArea Core Science Systems
USGS_keywords Aquatic Biology,Ecology,Geography
File Identifier file identifier 354d05d8-9456-4d12-8394-a7749d9f81c8

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