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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)

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The Shoreline Inventory for Delaware Coastal Bays has occurred in a series of Phases beginning in 2005. Phase was to develop a Tidal Wetlands Protocol which included data development for the Shoreline Inventory for the Indian River Watershed.

The data inventory developed for the Shoreline Inventory 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 and GPS registered videography were used to collect data on conditions observed in the field. 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 use.

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This shoreline inventory is developed as a tool for assessing conditions along primary shoreline in three watersheds that discharge into Delaware Bay. Field data were collected between September 11-13, 2007. Conditions are reported for three zones within the immediate riparian river area: riparian land use, bank and buffers, and the shoreline. A series of maps, tabular data, and GIS files are posted to a website and available electronically to serve as a resource to all managers and planners within the three watersheds. The survey provides a baseline to which future conditions can be compared and tracked through time.

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  • indriv_astru: GIS Data – structures that are typically built for access and recreational activities at the shore
  • indriv_sstru: GIS Data - information pertaining to structures for shoreline defense
  • indriv_lubc: GIS Data - features related to land use in the riparian zone, and conditions at the bank
  • IndianRiver_metadata/indianriver_astru_metadata: Metadata
  • IndianRiver_matadata/indianriver_sstru_metadata: Metadata
  • IndianRiver_metadata/indianriver_lubc_metadata: Metadata



Delaware, Indian River Watershed, shoreline inventory, wetland assessment

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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


Phase 1 of the Shoreline Inventory for Delaware Coastal Bays was funded through a grant from the Delaware Coastal Program with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, Wetland Program Development Grant (EPA #CD-973494-01). This was a coordinated effort between VIMS and the DENRC. Thanks to Amy Jacobs and Andrew Howard of the Watershed Assessment Section for their contribution to the project. (382 kB)
Indian River GIS shapefiles (15 kB)
Indian River Metadata