A multidimensional representation model of geographic features

Open-File Report 2015-1241
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A multidimensional model of geographic features has been developed and implemented with data from The National Map of the U.S. Geological Survey. The model, programmed in C++ and implemented as a feature library, was tested with data from the National Hydrography Dataset demonstrating the capability to handle changes in feature attributes, such as increases in chlorine concentration in a stream, and feature geometry, such as the changing shoreline of barrier islands over time. Data can be entered directly, from a comma separated file, or features with attributes and relationships can be automatically populated in the model from data in the Spatial Data Transfer Standard format.

Suggested Citation

Usery, E.L., Timson, George, and Coletti, Mark, 2015, A multidimensional representation model of geographic features: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1241, 10 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151241.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Theory of Geographic Feature Representation
  • System Design and Implementation
  • Populating the Feature Library
  • Conclusions
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A multidimensional representation model of geographic features
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2015-1241
DOI 10.3133/ofr20151241
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description iii, 10 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N