Shorelines of the Eastern Chukchi Sea, Alaska coastal region (Point Barrow to Icy Cape) used in shoreline change analysis

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Description This dataset includes shorelines from 65 years ranging from 1947 to 2012 for the north coast of Alaska between Point Barrow and Icy Cape. Shorelines were compiled from topographic survey sheets and Nautical Charts (T-sheet, Nautical Chart; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)), aerial orthophotographs (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), satellite imagery (State of Alaska), and lidar elevation data (USGS). Historical shoreline positions serve as easily understood features that can be used to describe the movement of beaches through time. These data are used to calculate rates of shoreline change for the U.S. Geological Survey's National Assessment of Shoreline Change Project. Rates of long-term and short-term shoreline change were generated in a GIS using the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) version 4.3. DSAS uses a measurement baseline method to calculate rate-of-change statistics. Transects are cast from the reference baseline to intersect each shoreline, establishing measurement points used to calculate shoreline change rates. [More]
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