Digital elevation models (DEMs) of the Elwha River delta, Washington, February 2016

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

This part of the data release presents a digital elevation model (DEM) derived from bathymetry and topography data of the Elwha River delta collected in February 2016. Two dams on the Elwha River, Washington State, USA trapped over 20 million m3 of sediment, reducing downstream sediment fluxes and contributing to erosion of the river's coastal delta. The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams between 2011 and 2014 induced massive increases in river sediment supply and provided an unprecedented opportunity to examine the response of a delta system to changes in sediment supply. The U.S. Geological Survey developed an integrated research program aimed at understanding the ecosystem responses following dam removal that included regular monitoring of coastal and nearshore bathymetry and topography. As part of this monitoring program, the USGS conducted a bathymetric and topographic survey in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the Elwha River delta, Washington (USGS Field Activity Number 2016-608-FA). Bathymetry data were collected using two personal watercraft (PWCs) and a kayak, each equipped with single beam echosounders and survey-grade global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Topography data were collected on foot with GNSS receivers mounted on backpacks. DEM surfaces were produced from all available elevation data using linear interpolation.

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Metadata Date October 17, 2016
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2016 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date October 17, 2016
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2016 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain from the U.S. Government and are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize and acknowledge the U.S. Geological Survey as the originator(s) of the dataset and in products derived from these data. This information is not intended for navigational purposes., Access Constraints: none
Bbox East Long -123.521669
Bbox North Lat 48.159303
Bbox South Lat 48.135117
Bbox West Long -123.591494
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Graphic Preview Description image map showing 5-m resolution digital elevation model (DEM) of Elwha River delta, color-coded to show elevation
Graphic Preview File ew16_feb_dem_5m.png
Graphic Preview Type PNG
Licence Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2016-02-15
Temporal Extent End 2016-02-19

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