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.
|Title||Ecological Coastal Units – Standardized global shoreline characteristics|
|Authors||Roger Sayre, Kevin Butler, Keith Van Graafeiland, Sean Breyer, Dawn Wright|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Publication Subtype||Conference Paper|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Land Change Science|