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U.S. Forest Service national riparian areas base map for the conterminous United States in 2019 Data publication contains GIS data
Abood, Sinan A.; Spencer, Linda; Wieczorek, Michael
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Abood, Sinan A.; Spencer, Linda; Wieczorek, Michael. 2022. U.S. Forest Service national riparian areas base map for the conterminous United States in 2019. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.
This metadata record describes 10-meter raster riparian areas for 50-year flood heights for the conterminous United States in 2019. Fifty-year flood heights were estimated using U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stream gage information. NHDPlus version 2.1 was used as the hydrologic framework to delineate riparian areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetland Inventory and USGS 10-meter digital elevation models were also used in processing these data.

inlandWaters; Ecology, Ecosystems, & Environment; riparian areas; 50-year flood height; wetlands; 10-meter DEM; digital elevation model; National Water Information System; conterminous United States
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  • Abood, Sinan A.; Maclean, Ann L.; Mason, Lacey A. 2012. Modeling riparian zones utilizing DEMS and flood height data. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. 78: 259-269.
  • Mason, Lacy A.; Maclean, Ann L. 2007. GIS modeling of riparian zones utilizing digital elevation models and flood height data: An intelligent approach. Tampa, Florida: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. ASPRS 2007 Annual Conference
  • Abood, Sinan A.; Spencer, Linda; Wieczorek, Michael; Maclean, Ann L. 2019. National Riparian Areas Base Map. 2019 ESRI User Conference. Paper presentation #1361, Session: Forest Analysis and Modeling (Thursday July 11th). July 8- July 12, 2019. San Diego Convention Cente
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