Envisioning a Multi-Agency and Multi-Academic Institution Geomorphology Data Exchange Portal

Open-File Report 2020-1056
USGS Water Observing Systems Program
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Regional Sediment Management Program
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Access to bathymetry and geomorphology data for rivers and reservoirs is a critical need in multiple agencies and academia. These data are needed to make water-resource-management decisions regarding river restoration, resource protection, infrastructure design and sustainability, and flood-risk reduction, and during natural disasters. Sharing of data increases decision-making capacity by incorporating information from entire watersheds, provides knowledge from similar settings being managed or studied by other entities, and helps meet the goals of the Federal Open Water Data Initiative. Addressing these needs across broad spatial and temporal scales would be made more efficient if these data were available in consistent formats with standardized metadata and were either stored in a centralized database or integrated with existing geospatial datasets. Because of renewed interest and technological advances, representatives from multiple Federal agencies and academic institutions have created a new working group to scope the development of a Geomorphology Data Exchange Portal to increase access to needed data. The working group has developed a vision for the Portal and outlined possible approaches to achieve the vision. Short-term approaches may include leveraging existing data-access portals and data-processing tools and integrating geomorphology data with existing national geospatial datasets.

Suggested Citation

Wood, M.S., and Boyd, P.M., 2020, Envisioning a multi-agency and multi-academic institution geomorphology data exchange portal: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1056, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201056.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction and Vision
  • Goals and Use Cases
  • History
  • Primary Challenges
  • Primary Data Needs
  • Proposed Framework
  • Project Activities in Fiscal Year 2019
  • Possible Approaches to Meet the Goals
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. 2011 Working Group Meeting Agenda and Attendees
  • Appendix 2. 2019 Working Group Meeting Agenda and Attendees

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Envisioning a multi-agency and multi-academic institution geomorphology data exchange portal
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2020-1056
DOI 10.3133/ofr20201056
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) WMA - Observing Systems Division
Description vi, 19 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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