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StreamCat – Dataset of watershed characteristics

Published On: 4/5/2016

New publication describes dataset developed to assess aquatic condition and watershed integrity


The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development has developed a new dataset containing landscape metrics for upstream watersheds and catchments in the conterminous United States. The Stream Catchment (StreamCat) Dataset is an extensive database of landscape metrics for approximately 2.65 million stream segments and their associated catchments, and builds upon existing data for landscape features and hydrography. StreamCat was developed as a tool for land and water resource researchers and managers who are looking for landscape information on natural and human factors. The tool visualizes the distribution of catchments and watersheds, without the need for specialized geospatial expertise.

For more information about the development and main features of the dataset, go to:

Hill, Ryan A., Marc H. Weber, Scott G. Leibowitz, Anthony R. Olsen, and Darren J. Thornbrugh, 2016.The Stream-Catchment (StreamCat) Dataset: A Database of Watershed Metrics for the Conterminous United States. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 52(1): 120-128.



The dataset can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/streamcat

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