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Data for Bathymetric Survey and Sedimentation Analysis of Lago Carite, Puerto Rico, January 2018

August 25, 2020

This data release contains spatial data associated with the bathymetric survey and sedimentation analysis of Lago Carite in January 2018. During January 23-30, 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, conducted a bathymetric survey of Lago Carite primarily to update estimates of the contemporary reservoir storage capacity and sedimentation rate. Previously designated transect lines were surveyed by using a depth sounder coupled to a differential geographic positioning system to generate a bottom contour map and, ultimately, the stage-storage relation for Lago Carite. This data release consisted of three items: bathymetric contours, water-depth data points and the shoreline of Lago Carite used for the analysis. A total of 137 planned transect lines were surveyed, and over 269,119 water-depth measurements were made across the reservoir. All water-depth data were collected using a Teledyne-Odom Echotrac CVM depth sounder coupled to a differential Global Positioning System (GPS). Esri ArcGIS, version 10.5 (reference similar to that in metadata for point shapefile), was used to edit the depth data and create a triangulated irregular network (TIN) model, from which bathymetric contours and a stage-volume relation were generated.