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San Juan, 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). Grid spacings for the DEMs range 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
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General Documentation
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Date(s)
  • publication: 2006-05-05
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.
Originator(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publisher(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 1901-01-01 to 2005-01-01
Spatial Reference System:
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 18.80
S: 18.35
E: -65.90
W: -66.50
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords NASA/GCMD 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 > Topographic Relief
  • 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
Place keywords NASA/GCMD Location Keywords
  • Continent > North America > United States of America > New Jersey
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Puerto Rico
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
  • Vertical Location > Sea Floor
Uncontrolled
  • San Juan
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      Processing Steps
      • 2006-04-01T00:00:00 - All datasets obtained by NGDC were converted to common horizontal and vertical datums of WGS84 geographic and Mean High Water, respectively, using FME. They were also converted to common file format, ESRI point shapefiles, for visualization and inspection.
      • 2006-04-10T00:00:00 - Datasets were visually inspected with ArcGIS for identification and editing of data anomalies. Datasets were then compared with overlapping datasets to ensure data consistency.
      • 2006-04-21T00:00:00 - Multibeam surveys were gridded to 1/3 arc-second spacing (~10 meters) using MB-System's 'mbgrid' tool. The resulting Arc ASCII grid was imported into ArcGIS.
      • 2006-04-27T00:00:00 - xyz files of the bathymetric data were surfaced using GMT's 'surface' tool onto a 1 arc-second grid that interpolated to fill empty cells. Points extracted every 10 meters along the coastline were also included to ensure that the bathymetric grid reached zero at the coast. The resulting Arc ASCII grid was imported into ArcGIS and clipped to the coastline to remove values over land.
      • 2006-05-01T00:00:00 - 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. Gridding was performed in quadrants, each with a 5% data buffer. The grids were imported in ArcGIS and seamlessly merged to create the final DEM.
      • 2006-05-05T00:00:00 - The DEM was quantitatively evaluated by comparing with source datasets and with elevation values extracted from 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 1983-01-01
      • 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: Unknown to
      • USACE Topographic LiDAR Surveys
        • Description of Source: Source Contribution: provided by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. ; Source Type: CD-ROM
        • Temporal extent used: 2003-01-01 to 2003-01-01
      • SHOALS Bathymetric LiDAR
        • Description of Source: Source Contribution: provided by the University of Puerto Rico. ; Source Type: CD-ROM
        • 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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