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The National Assessment of Shoreline Change: A GIS Compilation of Vector Shorelines and Associated Shoreline Change Data for the U.S. Southeast Atlantic Coast

USGS Open File Report 2005-1326

by: Tara L. Miller, Robert A. Morton, Asbury H. Sallenger

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This publication was made possible by the hard work and generous cooperation of many individuals. We owe a debt of gratitude to Emmett Foster (Florida), Clark Alexander (Georgia), Susan Langley (Georgia), Dave Bush (Georgia), and Scott Harris (South Carolina) for providing electronic historical shorelines for their respective states. Compilation of historical shorelines in Georgia and South Carolina was funded by the USGS. We also thank Mike Rink (NOAA), Paul Frascione (Information Manufacturing Corporation), and Ben Oakley (Information Manufacturing Corporation) for providing scanned images of T-sheets or geo-referenced T-sheets, David Doyle (NOAA) for providing datum corrections so that T-sheets could be geo-referenced and digitized by the USGS, and Matt Stutz (Duke University) for providing information about beach nourishment projects. An enthusiastic and untiring USGS team was responsible for developing the methods and computer codes for extracting the lidar shorelines. The lidar research and development team included Abby Sallenger, Jeff List, Karen Morgan, Eric Nelson, Hilary Stockdon, and Kathy Weber. Rob Thieler worked closely with TPMC Environmental Services/Perot Systems Government Services to develop and improve the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) code for shoreline change measurement. Lindsey Kraatz, Heather Kaminsky, Jonathan Welker, and Brandon Owen provided tremendous assistance by digitizing and geo-referencing maps and preparing metadata. Jolene Shirley designed the web page layout and Valerie Paskevich created the IMS. We also thank Kristy Guy and Hilary Stockdon of the USGS for reviewing this product.

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