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Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) for CONUS

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Created: Sep 02, 2020 at 4:14 a.m.
Last updated: Nov 28, 2023 at 6:04 p.m.
DOI: 10.4211/hs.73aaa3efcda2465ba6227f535400f36b
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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. The first version 0.1 of 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 [1]. As of summer 2020, it has been updated to version 0.2, now hosted at Oak Ridge National Lab's HPC server [2]. The 2017 Harvey subset of CONUS HAND is at [3].

In 2023, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) computed the 3-meter HAND for Texas, see [4].

To interactively select HAND data by HUC6 basin in either the Harvey or Irma hydrologic study area, use the Harvey Archive Story Map [] or the Irma Archive Story Map [] and click on the HAND tab. To directly browse this data for anywhere in CONUS, visit [1] or [2].

For a bibliography of technical papers leading to the development of HAND, see the PrimaryRefs_NWM-HAND_Jan2018.pdf file in the contents list below.
For an explanation of the contents of the nfiedata folder at TACC, see the README-Nfiedata_HAND.pdf file in the contents list below.

[1] University of Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) repository for version 0.1 of 10m CONUS HAND []
[2] Most recent HAND products at ORNL []
[3] Harvey subset of national HAND []
[4] 3m HAND for state of Texas computed by ORNL []

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The content of this resource references Top-level folder for 10m HAND for USA []
This resource updates and replaces a previous version Liu, Y. (2018). Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) for CONUS, HydroShare,
This resource belongs to the following collections:
Title Owners Sharing Status My Permission
Harvey Basemap Data Collections David Arctur · Harvey datamgr · Christine Thies  Published Open Access


Funding Agencies

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


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
David Tarboton Utah State University Utah, US 4357973172
David Maidment University of Texas at Austin
Xing Zheng

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Liu, Y. (2023). Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) for CONUS, HydroShare,

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