OpenCLC: An open-source software tool for similarity assessment of linear hydrographic features

Ting Li, Lawrence V. Stanislawski, Tyler Brockmeyer, Shaowen Wang, Ethan Shavers

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The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is a foundational geospatial data source in the United States that enables extensive and diverse environmental research and supports decision-making in numerous contexts. However, the NHD requires regular validation and update given possible inconsistent initial collection and hydrographic changes. Furthermore, systems or tools that use NHD data must manage regular updates that occur within the high-resolution version of the NHD (NHD HR). This research contributes to filling this gap by establishing an open-source software tool named OpenCLC, which automatically identifies matching and mismatching line features between two sets of hydrographic flowlines. Aside from identifying differences among two version of NHD lines, results can be applied to improve the quality of NHD HR content. OpenCLC significantly outperforms the best available commercial off-the-shelf software in computational scalability, and it is made widely available as part of the CyberGIS Toolkit to benefit broad environmental and geospatial science communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100401
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • CyberGIS
  • Hydrography
  • Line similarity assessment
  • National Hydrography Dataset

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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