Introduction to DSAS v5.0: System Requirements and Installation

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This video reviews the requirements and instructions for installing the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) v5.0. For more information please visit the DSAS project page: 

The Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) is a freely available software application that works within the Esri Geographic Information System (ArcGIS) software to compute rate-of-change statistics for a time series of shoreline data. DSAS provides an automated method for establishing measurement locations, performs rate calculations, provides the statistical data necessary to assess the robustness of the rates, and includes a beta model of shoreline forecasting. 

DSAS version 5.0 (v5.0) was released in December 2018 and has been tested for compatibility with ArcGIS versions 10.4 and 10.5. It is supported on Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems. If you use it, please cite it as follows and note the current version:
Himmelstoss, E.A., Farris, A.S., Henderson, R.E., Kratzmann, M.G., Ergul, Ayhan, Zhang, Ouya, Zichichi, J.L., Thieler, E. R., 2018, Digital Shoreline Analysis System (version 5.0): U.S. Geological Survey software release,


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Location Taken: Woods Hole, MA, US

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Audio voice over by Meredith Kratzmann (USGS)


Hello and welcome to the USGS series of help videos for the Digital Shoreline Analysis System

or DSAS. Today we present "Introduction to DSAS version 5.0:  System Requirements and

Installation." Before installing DSAS v5.0, verify your system meets the following

requirements: Windows 7 or 10, ArcMap version 10.4 or higher (which by default will

include Microsoft .NET framework and the ArcGIS .NET Support Feature).

Finally the computer date format should be set to month, day, year: MM/dd/yyyy.

To check your operating system, Click the Start button, and right click on "Computer"

then select “Properties.” Look under “Windows edition” for the version and edition of Windows

that your computer is running.

Next, the ArcMap version can be found by opening ArcMap or ArcCatalog and selecting

Help>>About ArcMap

If you do not have ArcGIS 10.4 or greater,  the following table will help you determine which

DSAS version is appropriate to use with the settings and software you have available.

For more information, see the DSAS Project Page link provided in the text under this video.

To verify that  the computer’s date format is set properly, click on the "Start" button and open

the control panel. Next, choose "Clock, Language and Region"

and then "Region and Language". Verify that the format is set to “English (USA),” and the

date and time configuration for "short date" is set to month, day, year: MM/dd/yyyy

Next, make sure any prior versions of DSAS have been uninstalled.  Go to:

Control Panel >> Programs >> Programs and Features >> and find the DSAS application.

Right click to uninstall.

For DSAS version 4.4, go to ArcMap >> Customize >> Add-in Manager. Select

DSAS v4.4 add-in, and click "Delete this add-in" before closing. Close and reopen ArcMap

to ensure the DSAS toolbar has been removed.

To download the DSAS v5.0 add-in, browse to

Or you can find the link below this video in the descriptive text.

Click on the "" file then click "download" and save to the desired location.

Uncompress by right clicking on the file and choosing “Extract all”

Double-click “DSASAdd-in” to launch the Esri ArcGIS Add-In Installation Utility and click

“Install Add-In.” A success message will appear once the add-in has been installed

properly. Open ArcMap and enable the DSAS v5.0 extension by going to “Customize >

Extensions” and checking the box next to the DSAS v5.0 Extension. If the tool bar is not

automatically added, try clicking "Customize", point to "toolbars" then click on "DSAS v5.0

Toolbar". Once the toolbar appears you have successfully installed DSAS v5.0!

This concludes the installation of DSAS v5.0.

For additional videos in the series navigate to the DSAS project page listed in the descriptive

text below this video.