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Cliff Feature Delineation Tool and Baseline Builder version 1.0 user guide

August 19, 2020

Coastal cliffs constitute 80 percent of the world’s coastline, with seacliffs fronting a large proportion of the U.S. West Coast shoreline, particularly in California. Erosion of coastal cliffs can threaten infrastructure and human life, yet the spatial and temporal scope of cliff studies have been limited by cumbersome traditional methods that rely on the manual interpretation of seacliff features—especially seacliff toes and top edges. The Cliff Feature Delineation Tool (CFDT) and the Baseline Builder Tool are designed to increase the efficiency of deriving seacliff features from remote sensing datasets by utilizing an automated, quantitative approach that eliminates traditional interpretive methods and ensures reproducibility. This document functions as a user guide for operating the Cliff Feature Delineation Tool and Baseline Builder Tool and includes a walkthrough of data-visualization and data-review workflows for the tools’ three-dimensional (3D) cliff feature outputs. Also included is a brief overview of cliff feature delineation at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a detailed description of the tools’ algorithmic logic.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title Cliff Feature Delineation Tool and Baseline Builder version 1.0 user guide
DOI 10.3133/ofr20201070
Authors Alexander C. Seymour, Cheryl J. Hapke, Jonathan Warrick
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2020-1070
Index ID ofr20201070
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center