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Geospatial Fabric for the National Hydrologic Model Alaska Domain, version 1

June 2, 2020

This metadata record documents a geospatial dataset for the U.S. Geological Survey Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) used to drive the National Hydrologic Model (NHM). The Alaska Geospatial Fabric v1 is the spatial representation of the hydrologic response units (HRUs) used for the PRMS NHM Alaska domain. These HRUs were generated using the twelve-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC12) watershed from the U.S. Geological Survey's Watershed Boundary Dataset (USGS, 2019), the Natural Resources Canada National Hydrographic Network (NHN) Work Units (NHN, 2019), similar to USGS eight-digit HUC watersheds, and stream gage locations from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS, 2019) and Natural Resources Canada (NHN, 2019). Watershed-to-watershed routing was added to all Canadian Work Units and updated in twelve-digit HUCs from topographic map examination to ensure connectivity from the headwaters of the domain to the ocean. Watersheds containing one or more stream gages were bisected using standard watershed delineation techniques to ensure accurate contributing area for each gage. Gages near watershed boundaries were not used to bisect the watershed. Following these processing steps, these watersheds became the HRUs used for the initial version of the National Hydrologic Model Alaska Domain. Overlapping watershed vector lines were not unified. The stream gages used for this exercise became the points of interest (POIs) for use in the Alaska Domain. Stream segments used to route water from HRUs to stream outlets were generated using the routing information in the HRUs and the centroids of the HRUs. Please refer to the lineage elements of this metadata record for the above citations. U.S. Geological Survey, 2019, USGS National Watershed Boundary Dataset, Environment Canada, 2016, Natural Resources Canada National Hydro Network (NHN) Work Units,…

Publication Year 2020
Title Geospatial Fabric for the National Hydrologic Model Alaska Domain, version 1
DOI 10.5066/P9ZXTW4W
Authors Theodore B Barnhart, Graham A Sexstone, John C Hammond, Jessica M Driscoll, Sydney S Foks, Andrew E LaMotte
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center - Helena Office