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Title: ShoreZone Mapping for GEM

Project Year and Number: 2003: 030641

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): John Harper, Coastal & Ocean Resources Inc.

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Gulf of Alaska

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: This project will conduct reconnaissance coastal mapping of all GEM regions. All of the shoreline within GEM will be imaged and mapped. The first phase of the initiative will be to develop an Alaska ShoreZone Mapping Protocol, based on the BC-Washington protocol but incorporating special components for Alaska; a user workshop is included as part of the protocol development. Aerial Video Imagery (AVI) will be collected during the lowest tides of the year and will be used as the primary data source for intertidal and shallow subtidal mapping. Eight six-day AVI surveys (est. 12,800 km of shoreline) are proposed for GEM funding; supplemental funding may be available from other sources (NPS, SERVS, PWSRCAC). ShoreZone mapping will follow the Alaska ShoreZone Mapping Protocol, which is included as part of this project. The mapping data will provide a consistent, regional characterization of the physical and biological shore-zone features throughout the GEM area. This mapping data is used by state and federal agencies for regional planning and development of derivative models. Non-governmental organizations have routinely used the ShoreZone data for public awareness campaigns and Marine Protected Area planning.


Geographic Regions Gulf of Alaska
Fields of Expertise Geology
Management & Policy
Technological Methods Geographic information systems/Mapping
Professional Activity Data Management
Data Synthesis/Visualization
Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Benthic
Marine – Nearshore
Marine – Pelagic

Proposal: View PDF (372 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2003

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2003

Annual Report: 2003: Not Available

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available