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Topobathymetric Model of the Coastal Georgia, 1851 to 2020

June 29, 2022

To support Hurricane Florence impact modeling of storm-induced flooding and sediment transport, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Applications Project has created an integrated 1-meter topobathymetric digital elevation model (TBDEM) for coastal Georgia. High-resolution coastal topobathymetric data are required to characterize flooding, storms, and sea-level rise inundation hazard zones and other earth science applications, such as the development of sediment transport and storm surge models. This TBDEM consists of the best available multi-source topographic and bathymetric elevation data for Coastal Georgia including neighboring bays, estuaries, waterways, inlets, and islands. The Coastal Georgia TBDEM integrates 16 different data sources including topographic and bathymetric data, such as lidar point clouds and multi-beam acoustic surveys obtained USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. The topographic and bathymetric surveys were sorted and prioritized based on survey date, accuracy, spatial distribution, and point density to develop a model based on the best available elevation and bathymetric data. Because bathymetric data are typically referenced to tidal datums, such as Mean High Water or Mean Low Water, all tidally referenced heights were transformed into orthometric heights based on the GEOID12B geoid, which is normally used for mapping elevation on land using the North American Vertical Datum of 1988. The spatial horizontal resolution is 1-meter with the general location ranging from the South Carolina border to the Georgia/Florida border. The overall temporal range of the input topography and bathymetry is 1851 to 2020 with a maximum depth extending to 44.4 meters. The topography surveys are from 1999-2020. The bathymetry surveys were acquired between 1851 and 2020.This data release was funded by the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) for coastal Georgia.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Topobathymetric Model of the Coastal Georgia, 1851 to 2020
DOI 10.5066/P9J11VV6
Authors Cushing William, Dean Tyler, Jeffrey Danielson, Sandra Poppenga, Sean Beverly, Rakibul Shogib
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center