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Topographic and hydrographic survey data for the São Francisco River near Torrinha, Bahia, Brazil, 2014

October 21, 2015

Navigable inland waterways, including lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, are important transportation routes for people and goods in Brazil. Natural and anthropogenic effects coupled with recent severe droughts have led to decreased inland waterway navigation. The Company for Development of the São Francisco and Parnaíba River Valleys (CODEVASF) has recognized the decrease in waterway navigation and is investing resources to help restore selected reaches of the São Francisco River for navigation. In 2011, CODEVASF signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) seeking technical assistance and engineering expertise in waterway navigation and bank stabilization. The Torrinha-Itacoatiara study reach near Torrinha, Bahia was 1 of 12 conceptual waterway navigation improvement feasibility studies and was the focus of this study. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the USACE and CODEVASF, collected topographic and hydrographic data from May 22 to June 12, 2014, to provide baseline data for supporting computational streamflow models.

This report presents the surveying techniques and data-processing methods used to collect, process, and disseminate topographic and hydrographic data. All standard and non‑standard data-collection methods, techniques, and data process methods were documented. Additional discussion describes the quality-assurance and quality-control elements used in this study, along with the limitations for the Torrinha-Itacoatiara study reach data. The topographic and hydrographic geospatial data are published along with associated metadata.

Publication Year 2015
Title Topographic and hydrographic survey data for the São Francisco River near Torrinha, Bahia, Brazil, 2014
DOI 10.3133/ds965
Authors Ryan L. Fosness, Benjamin J. Dietsch
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Data Series
Series Number 965
Index ID ds965
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Idaho Water Science Center