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U.S. Virgin Islands 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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Distribution Formats
  • ESRI Arc ASCII (Version: 1)
    • File Specification: ASCII text version of ESRI ArcGIS raster format
    • File Compression: WINZIP
Distributor DEM Information
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
dem.info@noaa.gov
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DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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General Documentation
Associated Resources
Date(s)
  • publication: 2010-10-08
Edition: First
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.
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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
Time Period: 1909-01-01 to 2010-01-01
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 19.00
S: 17.00
E: -64.00
W: -65.15
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords NASA/GCMD Earth Science 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 > Topographical Relief Maps
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coastal Elevation
NASA/GCMD Platform Keywords
  • DEM > Digital Elevation Model
NASA/GCMD Data Resolution Keywords
  • H: 1 meter - < 30 meters
  • V: < 1 meter
Uncontrolled
  • Coastal Relief
  • Gridded elevations
  • Integrated bathymetry and topography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services 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) Science and Services 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 NASA/GCMD Location Keywords
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
  • Vertical Location > Sea Floor
Uncontrolled
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • St. Thomas
  • St. John
  • St. Croix
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
Use Constraints No constraint information available
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.
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Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • 2010-06-15T00:00:00 - All datasets obtained by NGDC were converted to common horizontal datums of WGS 84 geographic, respectively, using FME. They were also converted to common file formats, ESRI point shapefiles and xyz files, for visualization and inspection.
  • 2010-07-01T00:00:00 - Conversion grids were created to convert all data from common vertical datums of MHW. Grids were created using the difference values from tide stations from the Virgin Islands Region and the Inverse Distance Weighting tool in ArcMap. Data were converted to MHW by subtracting the grid value from the data elevation value.
  • 2010-07-15T00:00:00 - Datasets were visually inspected with ArcGIS for identification and editing of data anomalies. Datasets were then compared with overlapping datasets to ensure data consistency.
  • 2010-07-20T00:00:00 - Multibeam sonar surveys were gridded to 3 arc-second spacing (~90 meters) using MB-System's 'mbgrid' tool. The resulting Arc ASCII grids were imported into ArcGIS.
  • 2010-08-05T00:00:00 - xyz files of the bathymetric data were surfaced using ESRI's ArcGIS onto a 3 arc-second grid that was then converted to an xyz file.
  • 2010-09-01T00:00:00 - 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.
  • 2010-09-15T00:00:00 - 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: hydrographic survey. ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1909-01-01 to 2003-01-01
  • NGDC Multibeam Bathymetry Database
    • NGDC Multibeam Bathymetry Database (download)
      Multibeam swath sonar survey data
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Multibeam swath sonar survey data. ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1985-01-01 to 2005-01-01
  • Electronic Navigational Charts
    • OCS Electronic Navigational Charts (download)
      Digital database of NOAA nautical chart information.
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: vector shoreline data and land elevations. ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 2004-01-01 to 2008-01-01
  • NGDC Marine Geophysical Trackline Database
    • NGDC Marine Geophysical Trackline Database (download)
      Marine geophyscical trackline data
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Trackline soundings. ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1962-01-01 to 2000-01-01
  • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
    • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (download)
      global topography
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: gridded topographic data. ; Source Type: on web
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
  • USGS gridded interferometric bathymetry survey data collected in the U.S. Virgin Islands
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Bathymetry collected using interferometric bathymetric sonar operating on a frequency of 234 kHz. Data were gridded at 5 meters. ; Source Type: ftp
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
  • NStxRonBrown_50m
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Gridded multibeam files ; Source Type: ftp
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
  • USGS EAARL Lidar
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Topographic and submerged topographic lidar DEM ; Source Type: cd
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
  • CCMA Biogeography Gridded Multibeam
    • CCMA Biogeography Multibeam Bathymetry (download)
      Gridded Multibeam data
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Gridding multibeam files ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 2004-01-01 to 2009-01-01
  • Gridded multibeam data provided by the University of Virgin Islands
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: gridded multibeam surveys ; Source Type: ftp
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
  • Bench Mark Data Sheets with Tidal Datum References
    • Tides and Currents Station Selection
      Bench Mark Data Sheets
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: tidal information table from which vertical datum adjustment information are interpreted ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 2003-01-01 to 2008-01-01
  • Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hybrid Model
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Hybrid Model of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands relating NAD 83 Ellisoid with the VIVD09 datum ; Source Type: email
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
Platform
  • Digital Elevation Model
Operation
  • Tsunami Inundation Gridding Project
Last Modified: 2015-09-03
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