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Virtual Watersheds - Smart River Networks

NetMap's Virtual Watersheds & Smart River Networks

A Virtual Watershed is a geospatial simulation of riverine landscapes used  to enumerate watershed landforms and processes, and human interactions over a range of scales.

A Virtual Watershed includes (1) smart, synthetic river networks and the highest resolution digital elevation models, couples them together, and then adds five types of analytical capabilities, including:

2) routing information downstream and upstream,
3) connecting river networks to terrestrial environments,
4) discretizing landscapes and land uses into facets of appropriate scales to identify interactions,
5) characterizing landforms and 
6) attributing river segments with key stream and watershed information.

NetMap Components

They are customizable and adaptable to specific needs.

See differences between 10 m DEMs and LiDAR.

Analytical Features of Virtual Watersheds

Channel Hydraulic Geometry          Floodplains          Historical Floodplains

Stream Power/Substrate          Sinuosity          Stream Order

Define Fish Habitat          Habitat Quality          Habitat Diversity 

Channel Classification          Subbasin Classification          Beaver Habitat

Thermal Sensitivity          Shade/Thermal Energy          Wood Recruitment

Thermal Refugia          Delineate Riparian Zones          Landslide Potential

Debris Flow Potential          Gully Potential          Surface Erosion, incl. Pre- & Post Fire

Sediment Delivery          Road Drainage Diversion          Road Stability    

Road Surface Erosion/Delivery          Habitat Length above Roads          Roads in Floodplains  

Wildfire Risk Cascade          Climate Change Vulnerability          Identify Highest Priorities


Forestry          Riparian Management          Slope Stability          Roads/Pipelines

Floodplain Mapping          Erosion/Sediment Budget          Fisheries.Bio-Hotspots 

Watershed Analysis          Restoration          Conservation          Urban Planning

Monitoring          Estuary Mapping          Ecosystem Services          Regulatory

Personalized Hazard Assessments           Risk/Insurance          Education

Research          Wildfire-Pre          Wildfire-Post          Climate Change

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