Standard Drainage Area Classification

diagram showing the Hierarchy of drainage areas

* Note: The Standard Drainage Area Classification (SDAC) 2003 contains only the 974 sub-sub-drainage areas that are within Canada.

Description for the diagram

The SDAC provides unique numeric codes for three types of drainage areas: major drainage areas, sub-drainage areas and sub-sub-drainage areas. The three geographic areas are hierarchically related; a 4 character code is used to show this relationship. In addition to the SDAC classes, an aggregation variant classification of the sub-sub-drainage areas by drainage regions and ocean drainage areas is included. The relationship between these geographic areas is presented in the diagram showing the Hierarchy of drainage areas.

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