GIS Data: Richmond County, Virginia Shoreline Inventory Report

Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science


The Shoreline Management Model is a GIS spatial model that determines appropriate shoreline best management practices using available spatial data and decision tree logic. Available shoreline conditions used in the model include the presence or absence of tidal marshes, beaches, and forested riparian buffers, bank vegetation cover, bank height, wave exposure (fetch), nearshore water depth, and proximity of coastal development to the shoreline. The model output for shoreline best management practices is displayed in the locality Comprehensive Map Viewer. One GIS shapefile is developed that describes two arcs or lines representing practices in the upland area and practices at the intertidal shoreline level (Accomack_SMM_Preferred_BMPs_2016).