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Lotic vs. Lentic Water: a U.S. national 30-meter raster classification of water areas by velocity

Metadata Updated: October 29, 2023

This dataset consists of a national 30-meter raster which classifies pixels representing water from the National Land Cover Database 2016 (NLCD 2016) according to their estimated velocity regime. At the broadest classification, the data are mapped into two groups: “Lentic”, representing water bodies such as lakes, ponds, oceans, and bays, and “Lotic”, representing flowing water, such as streams, rivers, and canals. These are further broken into 12 subordinate classes ordered according to velocity. These include categories of retention time for water in lakes/ponds and flow velocity for streams/rivers. The classes are derived based on information from the NHD High- and Medium-Resolution databases. Of the 470.7 million water pixels in the NLCD, approximately 143 million are classified as ocean/bay/estuary (30%), 295 million as lakes/ponds/reservoirs (63%), and 32 million as streams/rivers/canals (7%). The dataset allows users to better characterize the nature of flowing and non-flowing water when using the NLCD.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 29, 2023

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Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 29, 2023
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
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Data Last Modified 20220805
Category geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 010:12
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