High-Resolution Hydrographic Mapping with Lidar

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High-resolution hydrographic mapping, which provides essential data for flood mitigation and planning,  is being completed on thirteen, 12-digit hydrologic units near Sioux Falls, SD. A lidar-derived digital elevation model is being processed using selective drainage methods to hydro-enforce culvert locations into the modeled drainage network.  Many additional culverts were identified and inventoried as a part of this study and using selective drainage processing. Partners and cooperating agencies are providing ground-truthing for newly identified culvert locations and will field verify any locations where the synthetic drainage network appears to depart from existing flowlines in the National Hydrography Dataset. The lidar-derived watershed boundaries and surface drainage patterns will provide resource managers and urban planners with better detail and a more current picture of hydrographic features in the study area.


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Ryan F Thompson
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