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LEAN-Corrected Chesapeake Bay Digital Elevation Models, 2019


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Buffington, K.J., Thorne, K.M., Carr, J.A., and Guntenspergen, G.R., 2019, LEAN-Corrected Chesapeake Bay Digital Elevation Models, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Lidar-derived digital elevation models often contain a vertical bias due to vegetation. In areas with tidal influence the amount of bias can be ecologically significant, for example, by decreasing the expected inundation frequency. We generated a corrected digital elevation mode (DEM) for Chesapeake Bay using a modification of the Lidar Elevation Adjustment with NDVI (LEAN) technique (Buffington et al. 2016). GPS survey data (3699 points, collected across four tidal marsh sites (Eastern Neck, Bishops Head, Martin, and Blackwater) in 2010 and 2017, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) derived from an airborne multispectral image (2013), a 1 m lidar DEM and a 1 m canopy surface model were used to generate models of predicted [...]

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The lean-corrected DEM is appropriate for use in vegetated baylands.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9NQZXU3

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