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Puerto Rico Coastal Digital Elevation Model

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NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) is building high-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) for select U.S. coastal regions. These integrated bathymetric-topographic DEMs are used to support tsunami forecasting and warning efforts at the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). The DEMs are part of the tsunami forecast system SIFT (Short-term Inundation Forecasting for Tsunamis) currently
being developed by PMEL for the NOAA Tsunami Warning Centers, and are used in the MOST (Method of Splitting Tsunami) model developed by PMEL to simulate tsunami generation, propagation, and inundation. Bathymetric, topographic, and shoreline data used in DEM compilation are obtained from various sources, including NGDC, the U.S. National Ocean Service (NOS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal, state, and local government agencies, academic institutions, and private companies. DEMs are referenced to the vertical tidal datum of Mean High Water (MHW) and horizontal datum of World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS84). Cell size for the DEMs ranges from 1/3 arc-second (~10 meters) to 3 arc-seconds (~90 meters).
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  • DEM text search (search)
    Text search for locating completed and planned DEMs.
  • Bathymetric Data Viewer (search)
    The Bathymetric Data Viewer is an interactive map providing discovery, descriptions, and download capability for bathymetric survey data and digital elevation models archived at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
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    Distributor DEM Information
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    dem.info@noaa.gov
    Dataset Point of Contact DEM Information
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    dem.info@noaa.gov
    Time Period: 1900-01-01 to 2007-01-01
    Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326urn:ogc:def:datum:EPSG::5868
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 19.00
    S: 17.00
    E: -65.00
    W: -68.00
    Associated Resources
    • NOAA Tsunami Inundation Gridding Project
      • Bathymetric Data Viewer (search)
        The Bathymetric Data Viewer is an interactive map providing discovery, descriptions, and download capability for bathymetric survey data and digital elevation models archived at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
      • DEM text search (search)
        Text search for locating completed and planned DEMs.
    • Digital Elevation Models of Puerto Rico: Procedures, Data Sources, and Analysis
    Date(s)
    • publication: 2007-06-22
    Edition: Second
    Data Presentation Form: mapDigital
    Dataset Progress Status Complete
    Data Update Frequency: As needed
    Purpose: Developed for the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), NOAA Center for Tsunami Research program in support of NOAA's tsunami forecasting and warning efforts.
    Use Limitations
    • Not to be used for navigation. Although these data are of high quality and useful for planning and modeling purposes, they are not suitable for navigation. For navigation, please refer to the NOS nautical chart series.
    • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
    Originator(s)
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Publisher(s)
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seafloor Topography
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Water Depth
    • Earth Science > Land Surface > Topography > Terrain Elevation
    • Earth Science > Land Surface > Topography > Terrain Elevation > Topographical Relief Maps
    • Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coastal Elevation
    NASA/GCMD Platform Keywords
    • Models/Analyses > DEM > Digital Elevation Model
    NASA/GCMD Data Resolution Keywords
    • 1 meter - < 30 meters
    • < 1 meter
    Uncontrolled
    • Coastal Relief
    • Gridded elevations
    • Integrated bathymetry and topography
    Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Service Keywords
    • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS > WEB-BASED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
    • DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING > DATA SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL
    • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > VISUALIZATION/IMAGE PROCESSING
    Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Service Keywords
    • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS > WEB-BASED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
    • DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING > DATA SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL
    • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > VISUALIZATION/IMAGE PROCESSING
    Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
    • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Puerto Rico
    • Vertical Location > Land Surface
    • Vertical Location > Sea Floor
    Uncontrolled
    • San Juan
    • Mayaguez
    • Fajardo
    • Ponce
    • Arecibo
    • Guyama
    Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
    • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
    Use Constraints No constraint information available
    Access Constraints
    • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
    Fees Fee information not available.
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    Processing Steps
    • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
    Lineage information for: dataset
    Processor
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Processing Steps
    • 2007-04-01T00:00:00 - All datasets obtained by NGDC were converted to common horizontal and vertical datums of WGS 84 geographic and Mean High Water, respectively, using FME. They were also converted to common file format, ESRI point shapefiles, for visualization and inspection.
    • 2007-05-02T00:00:00 - Datasets were visually inspected with ArcGIS for identification and editing of data anomalies. Datasets were then compared with overlapping datasets to ensure data consistency.
    • 2007-06-04T00:00:00 - Multibeam sonar surveys were gridded to 1/3 arc-second spacing (~10 meters) using MB-System's 'mbgrid' tool. The resulting Arc ASCII grids were imported into ArcGIS.
    • 2007-06-08T00:00:00 - xyz files of the bathymetric data were surfaced using ESRI's ArcGIS onto a 10 arc-second grid that was then converted to an xyz file.
    • 2007-06-15T00:00:00 - xyz files for each input dataset were gridded using MB-System's 'mbgrid' tool, which utilizes a high-tension spline interpolation method to fill grid cells with no input elevation values. Preferential weighting was given to more recent, higher-accuracy datasets.
    • 2007-06-22T00:00:00 - The DEM was quantitatively evaluated by comparing with NGS geodetic monuments. It was visually evaluated by converting to UTM-zone coordinates (units of meters horizontally and vertically) and then creating a slope grid to identify gridding artifacts in the DEM.
    Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.2 (Build 3790) Service Pack 2; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.2.4.1420
    Source Datasets
    • NOS Hydrographic Surveys
      • NOS Hydrographic Survey Database (download)
        Digital database of NOS hydrographic surveys that date back to the late 19th century.
      • Description of Source: Source Contribution: downloaded from web site. ; Source Type: online
      • Temporal extent used: 1900-01-01 to 2001-01-01
    • NOS Unpublished Lidar Bathymetry Surveys
      • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Lidar bathymetric surveys provided by NOS Atlantic Hydrographic Branch. ; Source Type: digital file
      • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
    • NGDC Multibeam Bathymetry Database
      • NGDC Multibeam Bathymetry Database (download)
        Multibeam swath sonar survey data
      • Description of Source: Source Contribution: downloaded from web site. ; Source Type: online
      • Temporal extent used: 1985-01-01 to 2005-01-01
    • NOS Center for Coastal Ocean Science
      • Description of Source: Source Contribution: provided by CCOS ; Source Type: CD-ROM
      • Temporal extent used: 1909-01-01 to 2004-01-01
    • USGS NED topography
      • USGS National Elevation Dataset (download)
        Digital database of U.S. topography, in raster form (DEM)
      • Description of Source: Source Contribution: downloaded from web site. ; Source Type: online
      • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
    • SHOALS Bathymetric LiDAR
      • Description of Source: Source Contribution: provided by the University of Puerto Rico. ; Source Type: CD-ROM
      • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
    • Centro de Recaudacion de Ingresos Municipales (CRIM) Basemap Project
    Acquisition Information (collection)
    Instrument
      Platform
      • Digital Elevation Model
      Operation
      • Tsunami Inundation Gridding Project
      Last Modified: 2017-11-13
      For questions about the information on this page, please email: dem.info@noaa.gov