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2023 Coastal master plan: Landscape input data

July 1, 2023

Coastal Louisiana is a complex landscape. The composition of the landscape, as well as the processes which influence said landscape, vary in both space and time. The models used in the 2023 Coastal Master Plan must attempt to reflect that spatial and temporal variability. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the spatial data sets upon which the models are initialized are of the highest quality.

This task focused on the compilation and creation of spatial data sets pertaining to parameters necessary to initialize models, calibrate their operations, and/or validate their results. Spatial data sets compiled and/or created as part of this effort include 1) an initial Landscape Composition and Configuration spatial data set, 2) an Integrated Topo/Bathymetric Digital Elevation Model 3) a Wetland Vegetation Community Type data set, and 4) Historical Marsh Edge Erosion Rates.

Each of these data sets constitutes a fundamental descriptor of the coastal landscape, upon which the models depend. This document describes the data sets compiled and the methodologies used to create the best-available spatial data describing the landscape in coastal Louisiana. While data collection dates vary, the data sets created for this effort are intended to represent 2018. The data described herein form initialization data sets upon which most, if not all, models of the 2023 Coastal Master Plan depend in one way or another.

Publication Year 2023
Title 2023 Coastal master plan: Landscape input data
Authors Brady Couvillion
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70247717
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center