Data and Research
There are various types of information useful for developing and
administering Shoreline Master Program. We have separated the
information into the three types described below.
Many existing reports have synthesized monitoring
and analyses results from different studies to address one
or several aspects of aquatic ecosystems. These reports can
provide both general context setting information and
specific recommendations for shoreline management. There are
on-line data catalogs that serve as a clearinghouse
for data, and internet mapping sites that provide
users who lack GIS software the opportunity to view data.
Maps, photos, satellite imagery, and monitoring station
data provide information that may be fundamental to
assessing the status of shoreline ecological functions. Many
existing data sets contain attributes that can be extracted
separately or together to address shoreline issues.
Scientific texts, journal articles, technical reports,
and research papers are useful for understanding fundamental
biophysical principles applied to landscape ecology and
aquatic lands management.