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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)

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The data inventory developed for the shoreline assessment is based on a three-tiered shoreline assessment approach. In most cases this assessment characterizes conditions that can be observed from a small boat navigating along the shoreline. Hand-held GPS units are used to log features observed. The three-tiered shoreline assessment approach divides the shore zone into three regions: 1) the immediate riparian zone, evaluated for land use; 2) the bank, evaluated for height, stability, cover and natural protection; and 3) the shoreline, describing the presence of shoreline structures for shore protection and recreational purposes. Three GIS coverages are generated.

GIS coverages are developed from the GPS data sets collected in the field. The coverages use a shoreline base map generated in-house from digital orthophotography (DOQQs). The base shoreline is re-coded to reflect features and attributes observed in the field. The metadata file accompanies the coverages and defines attribute accuracy, data development, and any use restrictions that pertain to the data.

File Description:

File Name Description chowan_astru GIS Data – structures that are typically built for access and recreational activities at the shore. chowan_sstru GIS Data – information pertaining to structures for shoreline defense. chowan_lubc GIS Data -features related to land use in the riparian zone, and conditions at the bank. chowan_metadata Metadata


North Carolina, shoreline inventory, riparian shoreline assessment, Chowan River Basin

Associated Publications

Chowan River Basin North Carolina Riparian Shoreline Assessment Report. DOI:

Publication Statement

Disclaimer for Digital Shoreline Situation Report (SSR) Coverages

The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) provides these data with the understanding that it is 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. Neither CCRM, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), nor the disclosed funding agencies will assume liability for any damages caused by inaccuracies in the data or documentation, or as a result of failure of the data to perform in a particular manner. CCRM, VIMS, and disclosed collaborative agency 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. Individuals who download these data agree to the following, and understand the limitations defined: Integration of these data into other products requires proper citation.

Use of these data in map publications, either digital or hardcopy, requires proper citation.

  • CCRM is not responsible for misuse of these data.

  • CCRM does not oversee or assume responsibility for alterations to this product by users.

  • CCRM may not address specific questions from users who received the data through another party.

  • Distribution of these data is not restricted. CCRM, however, recommends metadatafile(s) always remain with the data.

  • CCRM encourages noticeable errors be reported to CCRM contact person identified in the metadata file


This project was funded by the Albermarle- Pamlico National Estuary Program, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Program through Award number #AH05013 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.