What is ShoreZone and how is the data collected?
ShoreZone is a standardized coastal habitat mapping system which covers the supratidal, intertidal, and some subtidal areas of the coast. A biologist and geologist fly at low elevation along the shoreline at summer’s lowest tides to collect geo-referenced video and still photos while simultaneously providing commentary about what they are seeing. Digital mappers then take imagery and commentary and classify the physical and biological features in the imagery in a digital, spatial database.
The mapping system provides information to support coastal management, community planning, facilities citing, conservation planning, research and fisheries management, emergency planning and response, search and rescue, education, habitat modeling, etc.