The Delineate Watershed command computes the contributing watershed drainage network that drains to a selected map location (outlet point) on the Map View. The command uses the USGS WMS (Web Map Service) service and the NED (National Elevation Data) to automate the watershed delineation process. The USGS makes a number of their map products available as a WMS (Web Map Service). A Web Map Service (WMS) is an interface that provides maps of geospatial data as well as detailed information on specific features shown on the map. The NED serves as the elevation layer of The National Map and provides basic elevation information for earth science studies and mapping applications in the United States.
Follow the steps below to use the Delineate Watershed command:
- From the Watershed ribbon menu, select Delineate Watershed command.
- The Delineate Watershed dialog box will be displayed.
- Define the name of the layer group in the Layer group name input field. This name identifies the layer group that will be created in the Map Data Layers panel that will contain the delineated drainage catchments and stream network.
- The Delete previously delineated watershed(s) check box can be checked to delete any previously delineated watershed(s) network on the Map View.
- Click on [OK] button. The Delineate Watershed dialog box will temporarily disappear and a prompt will be displayed on the status bar directing the user to select the watershed downstream outlet point.
- Click on the Map View to place and identify the downstream outlet point. Internally, the software will snap the outlet point to the nearest stream, delineate the contributing drainage watersheds, and create the watershed boundaries and upstream drainage tributaries that contribute runoff to the selected location.
- Once the process is complete, a delineated watershed network will appear on the Map View as shown below.