Kawaihae, HI 1/3 arc-second MHW DEM

The Kawaihae DEM integrates bathymetry and topography in the area surrounding the town of Kawaihae, Hawaii. It covers the northern portion of the Island of Hawaii, including the communities of Kawaihae and Mahukona, and extends northwards along the underwater flanks of the volcanic edifice. The DEM has a 1/3 arc-second (~10 meter) cell size, and is referenced to a vertical datum of mean high water. It was built in June 2011 to support NOAA's Tsunami Program.

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Name Kawaihae
States Hawaii
Region Hawaiian Islands
-156.37 -155.37
Date Completed 2011-06-24
Type Coastal Inundation
Horizontal Datum WGS 84
Projection Geographic (degrees)
Vertical Datum MHW (meters)
Vertical Transformation Source elevation data transformed vertically using a constant offset.
Coverage Bathy-topo
Cell Size 1/3 arc-second
Registration Grid-node
Version 2
Source NOAA / NGDC / MGG
Developer NOAA / NGDC / MGG
Project NOAA Tsunami Inundation
Contact Barry W Eakins @ NOAA / NGDC
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How to cite this DEM

Carignan, K.S., L.A. Taylor, B.W. Eakins, D.Z. Friday, P.R. Grothe, E. Lim, and M.R. Love, 2011. Digital Elevation Models of Keauhou and Kawaihae, Hawaii: Procedures, Data Sources and Analysis, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center technical report, Boulder, CO, 29 pp.
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