Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)

Publication Date



The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has been developing tools to guide local governments in shoreline management. Using a number of criteria, the Shoreline Management Model (SMM) determines appropriate shoreline best management practices. This layer contains only those areas determined to be suitable for non-structural plant marsh or plant marsh with sill recommendations. These areas are prioritized using a scoring method that considers nutrient removal potential, benefits provided to coastal buildings, the potential for the project to provide habitat continuity and enhancement, and the potential the project to add resilience for socially vulnerable communities. (For more information on the Shoreline Management Model, see


Data is in a compressed zip file, shapefile format, readable by ESRI ArcGIS Pro/ArcMap software.

Data collection methods: Data acquisition and methodology are described in the metadata (embedded in the shapefile).

File | Description

Folder: AreasSuitable_LivingShorelines 8 files

Files: PlantMarsh_BMP_Ranked.shp : shapefiles – embedded metadata



Living shorelines, priority projects, multiple benefits, resilience

Associated Publications

Berman, M., Mason, P., Hendricks, J., & Rudnicky, T. (2021) Expanding The Use Of Natural And Nature-Based Infrastructure To Enhance Coastal Resiliency. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary.

Publication Statement

This project was funded, in part, by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant FY19 NA19NOS4190163 of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.