Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)
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 https://www.vims.edu/ccrm/ccrmp/bmp.)
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
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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. https://doi.org/10.25773/047s-dp84
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.
Mason, Pamela; Rudnicky, Tamia; Hendricks, Jessica; and Berman, Marcia, "Areas Suitable for Living Shorelines: Ranked for Co-Benefits Provided" (2021). Data. William & Mary.