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How are the highest quality elevation data sources selected for deriving the NED seamless layers?

There are frequently multiple sources of elevation data that cover a given location. Preference is given to that which is the most detailed and up-to-date, unless there are overriding quality concerns. An important qualification is that any candidate source data be freely redistributable. Data source requirements for the NED seamless layers are listed below:


  • Bare-earth elevation surface

  • Highest resolution USGS source for an area

  • Most recent USGS source for an area

  • Most accurate USGS source for an area

  • Freely redistributable

  • Hydro flattened*

  • Must not be hydro-enforced or hydro-conditioned*.

* NED seamless layers represent a topographic surface. Hydro-flattening is necessary for any dataset to be considered for the NED seamless layers. Currently, non hydro-flattened data are accepted into the 1/9 arc-second layer only if they are in a location where there are no other data available to the public. NED 1/9 arc-second data will not migrate to the other seamless layers unless they are hydro-flattened. Hydro-enforced or hydro-conditioned DEM data create surfaces that are not suitable for topographic mapping, and are not considered suitable for seamless NED layers.

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