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National Hydrologic Geospatial Fabric (hydrofabric) for the Next Generation (NextGen) Hydrologic Modeling Framework

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Created: Sep 06, 2022 at 8:19 p.m.
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Hydrofabric artifacts are needed to execute the NOAA Next Generation (NextGen) Water Resource Modeling framework. This resource contains the outlinks needed to access this data for research and development. The primary landing page for these resources can be found at with detailed documentation of the geopackage contents at

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NOAA OWP Next Generation Modeling Framework Hydrofabric

What is it?

Next Generation Modeling Framework (NextGen) hydrofabric artifacts are distributed by NHDPlusV2 Vector Processing Units. They are generated from a set of national reference datasets built in collaboration between the USGS and NOAA for federal water modeling efforts. These artifacts are designed to be easily updated, manipulated, and quality controlled to meet the needs of a wide range of modeling tasks while leveraging the best possible input data.

How do I get it?

NextGen artifacts are publicly available through a partnership with Lynker and the NOAA OWP. For each VPU two artifacts are available:

These can be programatically accessed using the respective URL patterns:






v1.0 was released September 01, 2022 as an intial beta product.


These data are preliminary or provisional and are subject to revision. They are being provided to meet the need for timely best science. The data have not received final approval by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) or the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and are provided on the condition that neither NOAA, the USGS, nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the data.

How to Cite

Johnson, J. M. (2022). National Hydrologic Geospatial Fabric (hydrofabric) for the Next Generation (NextGen) Hydrologic Modeling Framework, HydroShare,

This resource is shared under the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY.


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