Alaska ShoreZone Coastal Mapping and Imagery
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Prince William Sound shoreline at low tide, photo: Mandy Lindeberg

Alaska ShoreZone Coastal Mapping and Imagery

Alaska ShoreZone - INTRODUCTION

Brownson Is. Southeast Alaska
Brownson Island, Ernest Sound, Southeast Alaska

The ShoreZone mapping system has been in use since the early 1980s and has been applied to more than 40,000 km of shoreline in Washington and British Columbia. Now Alaska's extensive coastline is being imaged and mapped. This project has been funded by NOAA and a number of other agencies and organizations throughout the years.

This standardized system catalogs both geomorphic and biological resources at mapping scales of better than 1:10,000. The high resolution, attribute rich dataset is a useful tool for extrapolation of site data over broad spatial ranges and creating a variety of habitat models.

Low tide, oblique aerial imagery sets this system apart from other mapping efforts. You can "fly the coastline" (aerial video), view still photos, and access biophysical data using our interactive website. This site will include more of Alaska's coastline as new data becomes available.


Fly the Coastline and View Habitat Maps

Tutorials - How To

Supporting Materials

Program Information

The Alaska ShoreZone program goal is to collect aerial imagery and habitat map all of Alaska's coastline and to make the imagery and the data both "physically and intellectually" accessible to everyone. Since 2003, more than 40 partners have contributed to the Alaska ShoreZone Program and annual meetings of all the partners are held to review the projects progress, establish priorities and future goals, and identify potential funding sources.

The ShoreZone partnership received the 2009 Coastal America National Spirit Award for meeting the following criteria: the project has at least one federal and non-federal partner; the project must demonstrate a contribution to the Coastal America objectives: 1) to protect, preserve and restore the Nation's coastal resources; and/or 2) to increase public awareness and education; and the project should demonstrate an innovative way of accomplishing shared goals with positive environmental results.

Related Databases


NOAA Fisheries Analytical Team

NOAA Fisheries Habitat Conservation Division

NOAA Fisheries Alaska Science Center - Auke Bay Laboratories