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Coastal Resource Module

The range of human activities and wildlife habitat occurring at the interface between terrestrial and marine zones in SE Alaska is complex.  The SE Alaska GIS Library and its partners identified access to a broad range of coastal geospatial data as a starting point for resource managers to navigate this complexity.  Through partner support, the Coastal Resource Module is a family of services hosted by the SE Alaska GIS Library that facilitates access and visualization to a broad range of users.

The Coastal Resource Module is a user-friendly on-line GIS database with a wealth of information that may be helpful to planners, researchers, NGO’s, students, consultants, recreationalists, conservation planners or virtually anyone who is involved in land or resource management.  The resource module includes a variety of mapping resources, habitat information, and geospatial data of all types.

The goals of the project:

  • Develop a website to guide users to suite of services including an interactive web mapping application, map services, and downloadable data.
  • Partner with The Nature Conservancy to create new data for Southeast Alaska.
  • Employ a GIS Coordinator to form partnerships, promote GIS and coastal data and provide a GIS resource to Southeast, Alaska.

Partner

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Contact

GIS Manager
Southeast Alaska GIS Library
11120 Glacier Highway | Juneau, Alaska 99801-8675
Tel: (907) 796-6051 | Fax: (907) 796-6447

Goals of the Coastal Module

Goal 1. The primary goal of the Coastal Resources Assesment module, is to provide reliable access to coastal geospatial data of southeast Alaska for University of Alaska students (the future workforce), industry, consultants, researchers, agency resource managers, and the public through the development of the Coastal Geographic Information System (GIS) Module and the refinement of the SEAKGIS Library. This goal fosters region-wide cooperation and collaboration in the sharing, improvement, and acquisition of geospatial data in the coastal zone, a complex and multi-dimensional landscape with many jurisdictions.The range of human activities and wildlife habitat occurring at the interface between terrestrial and marine zones in SE Alaska makes the coastal zone both complex and difficult to manage. The SE Alaska GIS Library and its partners identified access to a broad range of coastal geospatial data as a starting point for resource managers to navigate this complexity. Through partner support, the Coastal Resource Management Module is a family of services hosted by the SE Alaska GIS Library that facilitates access and visualization to a broad range of users.

Outcome 1. Establishment of a specific Coastal GIS Module within the SEAKGIS Library that serves as a gateway of coastal-specific geospatial datasets of southeast Alaska for the public. This will enable the delivery of data to a wide range of users throug:

  • A website coupled with geospatial technology that will allow users to search, browse, visualize, and download a total of approximately 40 spatial datasets that are relevant to coastal systems;
  • Web mapping services, including a data streaming service that will allow users to incorporate GIS data seamlessly into their GIS projects. This system will also be compatible with the internal mapping systems of collaborating agencies (e.g. ADNR, TNF, NMFS); and
  • An interactive web map that will allow users to both interrogate and visualize Coastal GIS spatial data; and a geoportal tool that will allow users to both query and download relevant Coastal GIS spatial datasets.
  • Supplementary information including Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)-compliant metadata and a tutorial for the Module.

Goal 2. Partner with The Nature Conservancy, Southeast Alaska Program to conduct a data gap analysis for the Coastal GIS Module, and then develop new coastal datasets for southeast Alaska.

Outcome 2. This partnership will deliver 15 new, high priority coastal datasets to the Coastal GIS Module through the partnership between UAS and TNC. TNC will:

  • Compile and organize selected coastal datasets including ecological, climatological, human activities, wildlife, and management data;
  • Check for updates for each dataset as appropriate;
  • Document data history and organize FGDC metadata; and
  • Secure rights and permissions from data sources.

These data include, but are not limited to:

Habitats

Data extracted from the Alaska ShoreZone Habitat Mapping and Inventory data: geomorphic characteristics (substrate), intertidal and nearshore vegetation, and derived attributes such as wave exposure and oil residence index.

Nearshore Oceanography and Climate 

  • Sea surface temperature
  • Updated bathymetric data digitized from NOAA National Ocean Service charts
  • Geology and physiographic setting
  • Ocean salinity
  • Weather station data from Southeast Alaska
  • Precipitation models

Infrastructure

  • Permitted coastal development activities- U.S Army Corps of Engineers
  • Marine outfalls
  • Existing hydro-power infrastructure
  • Shellfish farms
  • Hatchery sites
  • Log transfer facilities

Goal 3. Staff the SEAKGIS Library with a full time Coordinator and a student technician to continue refining the Library and serve a multi-user audience efficiently. In collaboration with TNC, staff will then increase outreach relating to coastal systems to the public though training workshops on how to use the Coastal GIS Module.

Outcome 3. Conversion of the SEAKGIS Library and Coastal Module to a resource serving southeast Alaska by supporting a permanent Coordinator. The Coordinator will conduct essential Library and Module functions and forge new partnerships with entities to contribute and share coastal geographic data and additional financial support. Ten workshops, webinars, or demonstrations will be held to demonstrate the Coastal GIS Module, using through University of Alaska distance learning technology when feasible.

Maintenance Plan

CIAP Coastal Module Maintenance Plan

Presentations

Coastal Resources Module Overview & Tutorial