An enhanced Pfafstetter catchment reference system. Data repository for published article

TitleAn enhanced Pfafstetter catchment reference system. Data repository for published article
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesFenner School of Environment & Society
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5bff55b3c096e
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Significance StatementThe Pfafstetter system delineates and codes hierarchically nested catchments to support a variety of hydrological and environmental applications. Its simple coding scheme denotes stream network position, enabling systematic analysis of the impacts of any activity on a river section without need for a GIS. The paper, “An enhanced Pfafstetter catchment reference system“ (Stein, 2018), describes and tests enhancements to the widely used Pfafstetter system. This collection is a repository of the data and software that was reported in this paper.
Brief DescriptionThe modified Pfafstetter system was tested by applying it to the task of delineating and coding hierarchically nested catchments for the Australian continent. Five test runs compared elements of the original and modified Pfafstetter system. This collection contains the ANUCatchment software toolkit that includes a program to implement the modified Pfafstetter system, the spatial layers that provided the input data for the Pfafstetter program and the results produced for each of the test runs. See the paper for more details.
The ANUCatchment version 2.3.7 programs and User Guide including an updated version of the Pfafstetter program used to produce the results reported in this paper. The updated version contains minor changes to the handling of missing data and output summary statistics
The input spatial data used by the Pfafstetter program to produce the nested catchment outputs reported in this paper. See the ANUCatchment User Guide (in for description of the data in sub-folders work and ncb. The folder modelledflow contains the modelled flow rasters employed by Runs L1-R1-0 (in the eMast sub-folder) and L1-R2-0 (in the AWAP sub-folder)
Results of the five test runs. Sub-folder names adhere with the Run IDs used in the manuscript (Table 1). Included data files:
1. boundaryid.csv - Sequential number for clockwise ordering of basins around the coastline (zero if not coastal) – joins to the Pfafstetter basin layer (testrun_inputs/work/pfafbasins) via the BASIN field
2. NCBPfafstetter.dbf - Table of Pfafstetter codes by sub-catchment. Joins to the testrun_inputs/ncb/subcat layer using the NCB_ID field
3. pfafcatunit.dbf - Lookup table for sub-catchments with nested catchment ID at each level of sub-division. Joins to the testrun_inputs/ncb/subcat layer using the NCB_ID field
4. pfafstetter.log – terminal output produced by the Pfafstetter program
5. pfafunits_areasl1……pfafunits_areasl45.csv – Area (km2) of basin & sub-basin units at level n
6. pfafunits_areastats.csv – Basin and sub-basin area statistics by level (extracted from the log file)

Contact AddressFenner School of Environment & Society
The Australian National University
Building 141, Linnaeus Way
Canberra, ACT, 2601
Principal InvestigatorJanet Stein
SupervisorsJanet Stein
Fields of Research120504 - Land Use and Environmental Planning
Time Period2018
Year of data publication2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
Publisher for CitationThe Australian National University Data Commons

Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
Publication Title
An enhanced Pfafstetter catchment reference system.
Publication Reference
Stein, J. L. (2018). An enhanced Pfafstetter catchment reference system. Water Resources Research, 54.

Access Rights TypeOpen
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Extent or Quantity3
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5895
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