Aerial_Shorelines_1940_2015.shp - Dauphin Island, Alabama Shoreline Data Derived from Aerial Imagery from 1940 to 2015

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Description features digitized historic shorelines for the Dauphin Island coastline from October 1940 to November 2015. This dataset contains 10 Wet Dry Line (WDL) shorelines separated into 58 shoreline segments alongshore Dauphin Island, AL. The individual sections are divided according to location along the island and shoreline type: open-ocean, back-barrier, marsh shoreline. Imagery of Dauphin Island, Alabama was acquired from several sources including the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP), the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (USDA, FSA), and the University of Alabama. These images were downloaded directly from the source's website or received as a hard copy via mail. Using ArcMap 10.3.1, the imagery was used to delineate and digitize historical shorelines at the wet-dry line along sandy beaches and the mean high water line where vegetation indicated. These shorelines were digitized for use in long-term shoreline and wetland analyses and physical change assessments. Shorelines for all 10 dates were compiled into a database for use with the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS; Thieler and others, 2009) to quantify rates of shoreline change over the 1940-2015 time period. The migration of shorelines through time is presented as the linear regression rate (LRR) in the associated back-barrier and open ocean transect files, which are also included in the USGS data release ( [More]
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