Task 2.1: Complete shoreline inventory
An inventory begins with careful compilation and evaluation of all
pertinent and available data, reports, information, aerial photos,
plans, studies, inventories, and other information applicable to your
town, city, or county shorelines. For most local governments, the
majority of the analysis steps that follow the inventory will involve
extracting information from existing reports, studies and data. (Rule
SMP Handbook: Chapter 7, Shoreline Inventory and Characterization,
Channel Migration Assessment)
Sources of data and information
Local planners should proceed carefully before pursuing new data gathering
or data interpretation efforts as state
grants for comprehensive updates do not cover new research or data
gathering. In most cases, field work should be limited to field
verification of existing data and addressing key data gaps identified
after preparing an initial assessment.
Besides searching on the internet, explore
Ecology’s catalog of
data and research.
Rely on local experts and your
technical advisory teams,
who can be a wealth of information and source for ground-truthing
studies and reports.
Many valuable reports and studies for
specific geographic regions can be found in local, state
agency and University libraries.
As you gather existing studies and reports,
maintain an annotated bibliography with complete
citations. Note the author(s), title, date, and place of
publication. As you develop the bibliography, it might be
useful to sort items into categories, by type of information
and/or geographic areas.
While much information is available in
digitally mapped form, other maps may need to be created
from information extracted from reports, photos or hard copy
maps. Regardless of how your mapped data is obtained,
keep track of metadata (data about the data).
This will allow others to review your data sources.
As you gather mapped data, create a
working map portfolio that will allow mapped information
to be overlain for the analysis task (Task
After a thorough search of existing reports
and data, solicit review of your draft list of
references and data source list from your local advisors and
Ecology regional shoreline planner. Maintain a file documenting
Be sure to address
areas of special interest,
such as rapidly developing waterfronts, or previously
identified toxic or hazardous material clean-up sites. Some
jurisdictions may want to create
special area plans
for such areas.
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