Geogratis - 1-km Water Fraction From National Topographic Data Base Maps, Canada

This product is a raster coverage representing the fraction of area within each 1km grid cell over Canada's land mass covered by waterbodies, as mapped within the National Topographic Data Base v3.1. In NTDB, waterbody is defined as area covered by open water belonging to one of five categories (section 1.5.1). The product involves negligible errors due to aggregation and data format conversion in comparison with the NTDB digital base maps used in its generation. As such, the errors between mapped and actual water fractions are primarily due to differences between the NTDB source maps and the actual waterbody coverage in a grid cell. Since water area fluctuates seasonally and interanually one should use caution in applying this product for local mapping and modeling purposes. At a minimum, one should verify that the survey dates of the source NTDB maps are appropriate. Furthermore, some consideration should be given to seasonal shifts in waterbody extent. The majority of NTDB source maps were surveyed within the growing season (post snow-melt) and should therefore be relatively unbiased during the growing season in the absence of drought or severe precipitation events. At regional and national scales we expect that seasonal (weather-induced) fluctuations in water extent are the major uncertainty in water fractions.

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Source http://geogratis/geogratis/en/option/select.do?id=8C3D34AE-5BD5-A83C-DB8C-895FB4AD86C6
Author Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Earth Science Sector, Data Management and Dissemination Branch
Maintainer Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Applications Division
Version 1999-01-01
Last Updated October 10, 2013, 21:03 (UTC)
Created December 15, 2011, 19:06 (UTC)
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department Natural Resources Canada
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