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Southern Alaska Coastal Relief Model

browse graphicShaded-relief image of the CRM
NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) is building coastal-relief models (CRM) for select U.S. coastal regions. Bathymetric, topographic, and shoreline data used in DEM compilation are obtained from various sources, including NGDC, the U.S. National Ocean Service (NOS), the National , the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Office of Coast Survey (OCS) and other federal, state, and local government agencies, academic institutions, and private companies. DEMs are referenced to the vertical tidal datum of Mean Sea Level (MSL) and horizontal datum of World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS 84). Grid spacings for the Southern Alaska CRM is 24 arc-seconds (~720 meters).
Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center, 2009. Southern Alaska Coastal Relief Model. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V58G8HMQ [access date].
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Distribution Formats
  • ASCII xyz
  • ASCII raster
  • NetCDF
  • binary float
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: 1888-01-01 to 2009-01-01
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::5715
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 66.50
S: 48.50
E: -130
W: 170
Dataset Information
Associated Resources
  • U.S. Coastal Relief Model
    • 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.
Date(s)
  • publication: 2009-06-30
Edition: First
Data Presentation Form: mapDigital
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose: The CRM provides a framework to enable scientists to model wave propagation and ocean circulation. In addition, it may be useful for benthic habitat research, weather forecasting, and environmental stewardship.
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.
Dataset Citation Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center, 2009. Southern Alaska Coastal Relief Model. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V58G8HMQ [access date].
Originator(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
Publisher(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, 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 > 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
  • Continent > North America > United States of America > Alaska
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > North Pacific Ocean > Gulf of Alaska
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
  • Vertical Location > Sea Floor
Uncontrolled
  • Alaska
  • Southern Alaska
  • Gulf of Alaska
  • Bering Sea
  • Prince William Sound
  • Aleutian Islands
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Other Constraints Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center, 2009. Southern Alaska Coastal Relief Model. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V58G8HMQ [access date].
Fees
  • No charge for download
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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
  • 2008-06-15T00:00:00 - All datasets obtained by NGDC were converted to common horizontal datum of WGS 84 geographic using FME or ArcGIS. They were also converted to common file format, ESRI point shapefiles or digital rasters, for visualization and inspection.
  • 2008-07-02T00:00:00 - Datasets were visually inspected with ArcGIS and QT Modeler for identification and editing of data anomalies. Datasets were then compared with overlapping datasets to ensure data consistency.
  • 2009-02-15T00:00:00 - xyz files of the bathymetric data were surfaced using GMT's 'surface' tool onto a 20 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.
  • 2009-05-20T00:00:00 - 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.
  • 2009-05-30T00:00:00 - The DEM was quantitatively evaluated by comparing the grid against source data files.
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 surveys ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1888-01-01 to 2005-01-01
  • NGDC Multibeam Bathymetry Database
    • NGDC Multibeam Bathymetry Database (download)
      Multibeam swath sonar survey data
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Multibeam bathymetry data ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1986-01-01 to 2005-01-01
  • Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) soundings
    • Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) soundings (download)
      ENC soundings extracted from NOS charts
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: ENC soundings extracted from NOS charts ; Source Type: web
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to
  • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) processed by CGIAR
  • NGDC ETOPO1
    • NGDC ETOPO1 (download)
      Integrated bathymetric-topographic global DEM
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: bathymetry and topography ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 2007-01-01 to 2008-01-01
  • USGS NED topography
    • USGS National Elevation Dataset (download)
      Digital database of U.S. topography, in raster form (DEM)
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Topographic DEM ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1999-01-01 to 2003-01-01
  • NGDC Bathymetric-topographic DEMs
    • NGDC Bathymetric-topographic DEMs (download)
      Integrated bathymetric-topographic DEMs
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: NGDC Bathymetric-topographic DEMs ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 2006-01-01 to 2009-01-01
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coastline
    • Seamless digital coastline of the state of Alaska compiled from a variety of sources. (download)
      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has compiled a seamless digital coastline of the State of Alaska from a variety of sources, including: the National Hydrography Dataset, NOAA nautical charts, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Geographic Topo Software, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: composite shoreline ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1995-01-01 to 2006-01-01
  • NGA Global Shoreline
    • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (download)
      The NGA Global Shoreline Data is an unclassified vector dataset generated by Earth Satellite Corporation
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: shoreline ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 1998-01-01 to 2002-01-01
  • Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution Shoreline (GSHHS)
    • National Geophysical Data Center (download)
      GSHHS is a high-resolution shoreline data set created from two well-known, public domain data sets.
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: shoreline ; Source Type: online
    • Temporal extent used: 2003-01-01 to 2010-01-01
Last Modified: 2017-07-03
For questions about the information on this page, please email: dem.info@noaa.gov