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Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) for CONUS

Authors: Yan Liu
Owners: David Arctur · Yan Liu · Harvey datamgr · datamgr Irma
DOI:10.4211/hs.69f7d237675c4c73938481904358c789 How to Cite
Resource type:Generic
Created:Apr 21, 2018 at 2:36 a.m.
Last updated: Dec 06, 2018 at 1:56 a.m. by David Arctur


Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) is an approach for estimating the vertical height of any point on the landscape from the nearest stream surface or bed. This dataset is based on the U.S. Geological Survey's National Elevation Dataset (NED) with 10-meter horizontal resolution, comprising raster data for the 331 HUC-6 units in conterminous U.S. (CONUS), excluding the five units of the great lakes. This was developed at the UIUC CyberGIS supercomputing facility, and is now archived at the UT Austin TACC (Texas Advanced Computing Center) for download.

To interactively select HAND data by HUC6 basin in either the Harvey or Irma hydrologic study area, use the Harvey Archive Story Map [http://arcg.is/001jje] or the Irma Archive Story Map [http://arcg.is/PSOKH] and click on the HAND tab. To directly browse this data for anywhere in CONUS, visit [https://web.corral.tacc.utexas.edu/nfiedata/].

For an explanation of the contents of the nfiedata folder at TACC, see README file for this resource.

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Liu, Y. (2018). Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) for CONUS, HydroShare, https://doi.org/10.4211/hs.69f7d237675c4c73938481904358c789

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    The people or organizations that created the intellectual content of the resource.

    Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
    Yan Liu UIUC/CyberGIS


    People or organizations that contributed technically, materially, financially, or provided general support for the creation of the resource's content but are not considered authors.

    Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
    Xing Zheng
    David Tarboton Utah State University Utah, US 4357973172
    David Maidment University of Texas at Austin
    cites: Top-level folder for 10m HAND for USA [https://web.corral.tacc.utexas.edu/nfiedata/]
    This resource belongs to the following collections:
    Title Owners Sharing Status My Permission
    Hurricane Harvey 2017 Collection David Arctur · Harvey datamgr  Published Open Access
    Harvey Basemap Data Collections David Arctur · Harvey datamgr  Published Open Access
    Hurricane Irma 2017 Collection David Arctur · datamgr Irma  Published Open Access


    This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
    Agency Name Award Title Award Number
    National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID: Archiving and Enabling Community Access to Data from Recent US Hurricanes 1761673


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    Ron Felton 4 days, 10 hours ago

    An approach to estimate the vertical height of any point on the landscape from the nearest stream surface. https://www.19216801.page/



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