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Five hydrologic and landscape databases for selected National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeastern United States

Open-File Report 2017-1018

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171018

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Abstract

This report serves as metadata and a user guide for five out of six hydrologic and landscape databases developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to describe data-collection, data-reduction, and data-analysis methods used to construct the databases and provides statistical and graphical descriptions of the databases. Six hydrologic and landscape databases were developed: (1) the Cache River and White River National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) and contributing watersheds in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, (2) the Cahaba River NWR and contributing watersheds in Alabama, (3) the Caloosahatchee and J.N. “Ding” Darling NWRs and contributing watersheds in Florida, (4) the Clarks River NWR and contributing watersheds in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, (5) the Lower Suwannee NWR and contributing watersheds in Georgia and Florida, and (6) the Okefenokee NWR and contributing watersheds in Georgia and Florida. Each database is composed of a set of ASCII files, Microsoft Access files, and Microsoft Excel files. The databases were developed as an assessment and evaluation tool for use in examining NWR-specific hydrologic patterns and trends as related to water availability and water quality for NWR ecosystems, habitats, and target species. The databases include hydrologic time-series data, summary statistics on landscape and hydrologic time-series data, and hydroecological metrics that can be used to assess NWR hydrologic conditions and the availability of aquatic and riparian habitat. Landscape data that describe the NWR physiographic setting and the locations of hydrologic data-collection stations were compiled and mapped. Categories of landscape data include land cover, soil hydrologic characteristics, physiographic features, geographic and hydrographic boundaries, hydrographic features, and regional runoff estimates. The geographic extent of each database covers an area within which human activities, climatic variation, and hydrologic processes can potentially affect the hydrologic regime of the NWRs and adjacent areas.

The hydrologic and landscape database for the Cache and White River NWRs and contributing watersheds in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma has been described and documented in detail (Buell and others, 2012). This report serves as a companion to the Buell and others (2012) report to describe and document the five subsequent hydrologic and landscape databases that were developed: Chapter A—the Cahaba River NWR and contributing watersheds in Alabama, Chapter B—the Caloosahatchee and J.N. “Ding” Darling NWRs and contributing watersheds in Florida, Chapter C—the Clarks River NWR and contributing watersheds in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, Chapter D—the Lower Suwannee NWR and contributing watersheds in Georgia and Florida, and Chapter E—the Okefenokee NWR and contributing watersheds in Georgia and Florida.

Suggested Citation

Buell, G.R., Gurley, L.N., Calhoun, D.L., and Hunt, A.M., 2017, Five hydrologic and landscape databases for selected National Wildlife Refuges in Southeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1018, 366 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171018.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Executive Summary 
  • Part I. Overview and User Guide 
  • Part II. Databases

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Five hydrologic and landscape databases for selected National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeastern United States
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2017-1018
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20171018
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
South Atlantic Water Science Center
Description:
Report: xvi, 386 p.
First page:
1
Last page:
366
Country:
United States
State:
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N