Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)
This geospatial dataset is the output generated by applying the Living Shoreline Suitability Model (LSSM), developed by the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), in the tidal shoreline of Dorchester County, MD. The application of the LSSM has the purpose to enhance and streamline regulatory decision making in Maryland by identifying shoreline best management practices for tidal shoreline erosion control.
The LSSM compiles nine attributes from various databases: land use, shoreline structures, bank height, tidal marshes, beaches, fetch, roads, permanent structures, bathymetry, and tributary designations. They are all integrated through a series of model pre-steps, into one linear feature. The single file was then processed through a final model to produce 11 shoreline best management practice recommendations for tidal shoreline and adjacent upland banks. All processing steps occurred in ESRI’s ArcMap, and ArcGIS version 10. 7 using models created in ArcGIS ModelBuilder or Python.
Files | Description
- Dorchester_MSSM_FileGDB.gdb : This is a geospatial file (ESRI File Geodatabase) displaying best management practices for tidal shorelines in Dorchester County, Maryland. The file can be visualized in ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro. Metadata is embedded in the layer, and can be viewed via ArcCatalog.
Shoreline Inventories, Maryland, GIS, Data, Management
This product was developed by the Center for Coastal Resources Management, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary, for the Maryland Department of the Environment, and has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement CD-963623-01-1 to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The contents of this dataset do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this dataset. The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) provides these data with the understanding that they are not guaranteed to be correct or complete, and conclusions drawn from the data set are the sole responsibility of the user. Every attempt has been made to ensure that these data and the documentation are reliable and accurate. CCRM, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), and the Commonwealth of Virginia assume no liability for any damages caused by inaccuracies in the data or documentation; and make no warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or utility of this information, nor does the fact of distribution constitute a warranty.
This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency State Wetland Program Development Grant CD-963623-01-1 to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Nunez, Karinna; Rudnicky, Tamia; Killeen, Sharon; Hendricks, Jessica; and Duning, Catherine R., "GIS Data: Dorchester County, Maryland – Living Shoreline Suitability Model Data 2021" (2021). Data. William & Mary.