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GIS Resources for Coastal Planning

This section provides links to general information on geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, and metadata. In addition, links are provided to geographic data, programs and projects, as well as to spatial data standards, demonstrations and tutorials, and glossaries and bibliographies. Please scroll down the page for more information.

To be effective, government programs for comprehensive and coordinated coastal management require the collection and integration of large amounts of geographical data. Examples of geographical data commonly used in coastal management include: location of the shoreline, regulatory zones on both the land and water sides of the shore, land ownership, bathymetry, coastal geomorphology, infrastructure, and habitat area delineations. Today, emerging new technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing (I.E., aerial photographs and satellite imagery), provide the means to manage, integrate, and analyze these diverse geographical data sets.

Table of Contents
What are GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, and Metadata?
Wisconsin, Great Lakes, and National GIS Programs and Data Websites
Tutorials and Demonstration
Legal and Administrative Issues
Spatial Data Standards
Glossaries and Bibliography

Disclaimer: The information provided in the Great Lakes Coastal Planning Resource website is provided as a convenience and has been compiled from multiple sources starting in January 2003 and updated in February 2007. This information is not intended as a comprehensive source and may not always be the most recent source available. This site contains links to other web sites (Linked Sites), which are not under the control of the website. We are not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. The website also is not responsible for webcasting or for any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. The website is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the website or any association with its operators.

The Great Lakes Coastal Planning Resource website was developed by the Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility (LICGF), in collaboration with and funding provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA03NOS4190106, along with assistance from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.

For more information, contact David Hart.