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Mapping the Nisqually River Delta Using Topobathymetric LiDAR, Aerial Imagery, and Mobile GIS

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16-03-020April 2016
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Author(s) McMillan, B. and A. Stohr, Information Technology Services Office
Description The marine shoreline surrounding the Nisqually River Delta has changed dramatically since the removal of the Brown Farm dike in 2009. After over 100 years of closing off tidal flow to the interior delta, the dike was removed, inundating 762 acres of the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge with estuarine waters.

The Department of Ecology updated the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) to reflect current conditions using a combination of topobathymetric LiDAR, aerial imagery, and mobile GIS using Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS. This paper describes the methodology used in updating the NHD hydrography for the Nisqually Delta, based on the Mean Higher High Water tidal datum.

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Keywords coastline, LiDAR, marine shoreline, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, tidal datum, MHHW, MHW, topobathymetric, mobile GIS, Collector, DEM, elevation, GIS, Nisqually River, estuary
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