Developing a national stream morphology data exchange: needs, challenges, and opportunities

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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Abstract

Stream morphology data, primarily consisting of channel and foodplain geometry and bed material size measurements, historically have had a wide range of applications and uses including culvert/ bridge design, rainfall- runoff modeling, food inundation mapping (e.g., U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency food insurance studies), climate change studies, channel stability/sediment source investigations, navigation studies, habitat assessments, and landscape change research. The need for stream morphology data in the United States, and thus the quantity of data collected, has grown substantially over the past 2 decades because of the expanded interests of resource management agencies in watershed management and restoration. The quantity of stream morphology data collected has also increased because of state-of-the-art technologies capable of rapidly collecting high-resolution data over large areas with heretofore unprecedented precision. Despite increasing needs for and the expanding quantity of stream morphology data, neither common reporting standards nor a central data archive exist for storing and serving these often large and spatially complex data sets. We are proposing an open- access data exchange for archiving and disseminating stream morphology data.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Developing a national stream morphology data exchange: needs, challenges, and opportunities
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/2012EO200005
Volume 93
Issue 20
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Office of Surface Water
Description 1 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
First page 195