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Topobathymetric Model of the Coastal Carolinas, 1851 to 2020 (ver 2.0, January 2023)


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Tyler, D., Cushing, W.M., Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S., Beverly, S.D., and Shogib, R., 2022, Topobathymetric Model of the Coastal Carolinas, 1851 to 2020 (ver 2.0, January 2023): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


To support Hurricane Florence impact modeling of storm-induced flooding and sediment transport, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Applications Project has created an integrated 1-meter topobathymetric digital elevation model (TBDEM) for coastal North Carolina, and South Carolina. High-resolution coastal topobathymetric data are required to characterize flooding, storms, and sea-level rise inundation hazard zones and other earth science applications, such as the development of sediment transport and storm surge models. This TBDEM consists of the best available multi-source topographic and bathymetric elevation data for the Coastal Carolinas including neighboring bays, estuaries, waterways, [...]


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“SC TBDEM COG Information”
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“South Carolina TBDEM GeoTiff COG Schema”
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“South Carolina TBDEM GeoTiff ESRI Statistics”
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“SC Spatial Metadata Esri Geodatabase”
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“SC Spatial Metadata GeoPackage”
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North_Carolina_CoNED_Topobathy_DEM_1m_version_20.tif 171.57 GB image/tiff
North_Carolina_CoNED_Topobathy_DEM_1m_version_20.tif.aux.xml 2.51 KB text/xml
NC_TBDEM_version_20_explanation_README.txt 1.09 KB text/plain


As a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, the USGS National Geospatial Program, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, the USGS Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Applications Project integrates disparate light detection and ranging (lidar) and bathymetric data sources into a common three-dimensional (3D) database aligned both vertically and horizontally to a common reference system. The CoNED Project’s topobathymetric digital elevation model (TBDEM) development is focused on select regions around the United States Coast, such as the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Coastal Carolinas, Northeast, California Coast, Pacific Northwest, and the North Slope of Alaska. CoNED Project 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 to analyze the impact of various climate change scenarios on coastal regions. The raster TBDEM product in Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF (COG) format, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) formatted metadata, spatially referenced metadata, and the spatial metadata data dictionary are contained in the downloadable bundle. Spatially referenced metadata are contained within a 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.,



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Revision 2.0 by Dean Tyler on January 17, 2023. To review the changes that were made, see “NC_TBDEM_version_20_explanation_README.txt” in the attached files section.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9MPA8K0

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