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Ecological Coastal Units – Standardized global shoreline characteristics

December 19, 2022

A new set of resources is now available that describe global shoreline characteristics. High resolution (30 m), globally comprehensive Coastal Segment Units (CSUs) and Ecological Coastal Units (ECUs) were developed in a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Esri, and the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON). The data were produced from a segmentation and characterization of a global shoreline vector extracted from year 2014 Landsat imagery. A total of 4 million 1 km shoreline segments were attributed with values from ten variables which describe the ecological settings in which the coastline occurs, including water-side properties, landside properties, and properties of the coastline itself. These data were developed as part of a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) global ecosystem mapping initiative called GEO Ecosystems (GEO ECO). The development of the resource and its intended utility are reviewed herein.

Publication Year 2022
Title Ecological Coastal Units – Standardized global shoreline characteristics
DOI 10.1109/OCEANS47191.2022.9977390
Authors Roger Sayre, Kevin Butler, Keith Van Graafeiland, Sean Breyer, Dawn Wright
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70240649
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Land Change Science