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The Swift Current hillslopes, Saskatchewan: Digital elevation data

Description: The Swift Current hillslopes at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre on the Canadian Prairies are a long-term hydrological research site. Over the last 50 years, the site has supported research on the effects of climate change and land management change on snowmelt-runoff, soil erosion and nutrient transport from agricultural hillslopes. High-resolution digital elevation data are essential for spatially-distributed understanding of these runoff delivery and transport processes. The three hillslopes are rectangular in shape, each approximately 150 m wide (east-west) and 300-320 m long (north-south), with areas of 4.25 ha (Hillslope 1), 4.66 ha (Hillslope 2), and 4.86 ha (Hillslope 3). This dataset provides two sets of bare-ground digital elevation data for the Swift Current hillslopes. The first set contains digital elevation data collected at a 2 m horizontal resolution for each of the three hillslopes using a Leica Viva GS15 on 17-18 April 2012. The second set contains two digital elevation models at a 0.25 m horizontal resolution for Hillslope 2 obtained using an Optech ILRIS-LR Terrestrial Laser Scanner on 7 July 2014 and 24 September 2014. These finer-resolution 2014 surveys capture the surface micro-topography of Hillslope 2 under a tilled condition with non-directional variations in surface roughness (random toughness) as well as under a seeded condition with uni-directional ridge-and-furrow features (oriented roughness). These digital elevation data provide the scientific and engineering communities with an opportunity to advance our understanding of spatial hydrological processes and the importance of micro-topographic features. **Please note: This dataset is linked to an ESSD paper at  The authors kindly request that you reference this paper in addition to the dataset.
Authors: Coles, Anna; University of Saskatchewan
Russell, Mark; Environment and Climate Change Canada
Onclin, Cuyler; Environment and Climate Change Canada
Helgason, Warren; University of Saskatchewan
Peterson, Amber; University of Saskatchewan
Solohub, Michael; University of Saskatchewan
McDonnell, Jeffrey; University of Saskatchewan
Keywords: elevation data
Date: 2018-10-02
Publisher: Federated Research Data Repository / dépôt fédéré de données de recherche
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Swift Current
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Appears in Collections:Global Water Futures

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Coles, A. , Russell, M. , Onclin, C. , Helgason, W. , Peterson, A. , Solohub, M. , McDonnell, J. (2018) The Swift Current hillslopes, Saskatchewan: Digital elevation data. Federated Research Data Repository.