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San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta DEM for Modeling Version 4

Domain and Product

Changes in the current bathymetry release (version 4) are limited to the region east of the Carquinez Strait (starting around Carquinez Bridge). To facilitate compatibility released by us and our partners, DWR distribute the region west as a separate companion tile and delineate the boundary of active revision in the present product in a place where its source data matches that of other Bay elevation models, e.g., the 2m seamless high-resolution bathymetric and topographic DEM of San Francisco Bay by USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) ( ), the 2010 San Francisco Bay DEM by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( ) or the prior (version 3) 10m digital elevation model ( ).The 10m DEM for the Bay-Delta is based on the first on the list, i.e. EROS’ 2m DEM for the Bay

New work reported here was done at 2m resolution, although the improvements have been incorporated into the 10m products as much as possible. Relative to the previous DWR release (, the 2m DEM product reported here consolidates work at this resolution into a small number of larger surfaces representing approximately one-third of the Delta (link to the Coverage Areas page). Laterally, the 2m models now extend over the levee crest as needed to match well with Delta LiDAR ( ), the main terrestrial source of data used in this work. The 10m product (link to the Coverage Areas page) is based on the updated USGS DEM ( ). In places where updated 2m models overlap the 10 meters, the 10m base elevation model was updated by resampling the new 2m model and adding levee enforcement. At the border between the 2m and 10m models, the two resolutions were locally edge-matched over a small region to maintain smoothness. For more information, please refer to the article: A Revised Continuous Surface Elevation Model for Modeling (link to Chapter 5 in the 2018 Annual Report).

Please note that by agreement with our data providers we distribute only our own integrated maps, not the original source point data.

Version: 4
Time Completed: June 2018
Horizontal Datum: NAD83
Spheroid: GRS1980
Projection: UTM_Zone_10N (meters)
Vertical Datum: NAVD88 (meters)

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Coverage Areas

Source: CNRA DWR
Release Date
Contact Name
Rueen-Fang Wang; Eli Ateljevich
Public Access Level
POD Theme
Harvested from CNRA DWR
Harvest Source TitleCNRA DWR
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Last Harvest PerformedFri, 04/19/2019 - 06:32