Preparing input data

General guidelines

Adherence to the following guidelines will greatly improve your experience while using BDWS.

  1. All geographic (raster, vector) layers must have a projected coordinate system with linear units represented in meters (a NAD83 UTM projection is recommended).
  2. All input rasters must be concurrent (same extent and cell resolution) with the input DEM. Problems will arise if input rasters differ in projection, cell resolution, the number of columns, or the number of rows.
  3. Features of input line shapefiles (from BRAT) must be single-part. BDLoG will not generate dam locations on multipart features.
  4. When creating dam capacity estimates, follow BRAT directions exactly. Use of pyBRAT is recommended (ArcGIS is required for pyBRAT)
  5. Computation time will be decreased if all inputs are clipped to the valley-bottom extent. The V-BET tool can be used to generate valley-bottom polygons. This is highly recommended if MODFLOW outputs are desired, as the MODFLOW workflow implemented by BDflopy has only been tested in valley-bottoms.