Acknowledgment of the U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center Coastal and Marine Geology Program as a data source would be appreciated in products developed from these data, and such acknowledgment as is standard for citation and legal practices. Sharing of new data layers developed directly from these data would also be appreciated by the U.S. Geological Survey staff. Users should be aware that comparisons with other datasets for the same area from other time periods may be inaccurate due to inconsistencies resulting from changes in photointerpretation, mapping conventions, and digital processes over time. These data are not legal documents and are not to be used as such.
These data were extracted from orthoimagery to document the changes in Assateague Island's open-ocean shoreline due to Hurricane Sandy and over time since 1989. These data will aid in developing an assessment of the physical change in wetlands due to wave action and storm surge from Hurricane Sandy and in determining the resiliency of wetland systems that protect adjacent habitat and communities.
Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
Use_Constraints:Variability in the quality of the imagery from one date to another, from one image to another taken on the same date, and from one part of an image to another part of the same image, exists due to many factors including variation in sun angle, atmospheric conditions, season, reflectivity of the earth surface, camera angle, camera lens, camera settings, film sensitivity, water turbidity, water depth, tide level, waves, and error in image rectification. No adjustments were made to account for tide level. Public domain data from the U.S. Government are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center Coastal and Marine Geology Program as the originator of these data in future products or derivative research.
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