ShoreZone is a standardized coastal habitat mapping system that follows a certain set of procedures–or protocols–for obtaining, analyzing, and distributing coastal habitat information. 

Across the geographies where ShoreZone has been completed the overall methodology of collecting low-tide imagery and completing the shoreline classification with descriptive biophysical attributes housed in a spatial database follows the same standard protocols. This consistency is at the heart of the ShoreZone program and enables spatial data queries over large geographic regions.

These protocol manuals provide users with insight into the classification rules and assumptions so that they can apply the data to a variety of resource management issues appropriately.

Alaska ShoreZone metadata

Please go to the NOAA Fisheries Alaska ShoreZone page and scroll down to the DATA subheading. You will be able to download a complete .zip file of the metadata.

Alaska ShoreZone Coastal Habitat Mapping Protocol, 2017

Coastal Habitat Mapping 2017 – The most current ShoreZone protocols for Alaska were released in January, 2014, and cover Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea.

The Washington State ShoreZone Inventory User’s Manual

Washington State ShoreZone Inventory User’s Manual
This manual is designed for users of Washington ShoreZone Inventory data. The manual explains how the data set is organized, how it was developed, and how it can be used.

Oregon ShoreZone Coastal Habitat Mapping Protocol, 2013

Oregon ShoreZone Coastal Habitat Mapping Protocol, 2013

Using ShoreZone in ArcGIS and MS Access

Using ShoreZone in ArcGIS and MS Access