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Elevation Survey Across Southwest Florida Coastal Wetlands, 2021


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Buffington, K.J., and Thorne, K.M., 2022, Elevation survey across southwest Florida coastal wetlands, 2021: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Accurate elevation data in coastal wetlands is crucial for planning for sea-level rise. Elevation surveys were conducted across southwest Florida wetlands to provide ground validation of LiDAR as well as target long-term monitoring stations (surface elevation tables). Surveys were conducted in June 2021 across Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Clam Bay, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. A combination of post-processed kinematic GPS and differential levelling survey techniques were employed, depending on the canopy cover.


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The elevation data were collected to serve as validation of recent LiDAR and establish the position of long-term elevation change monitoring stations (surface elevation tables).



  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Southeast CASC
  • USGS Data Release Products
  • USGS Western Ecological Research Center



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DOI doi:10.5066/P9POUPH5

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