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Nearshore Habitat Inventory Projects 
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Inventory Projects

Inventory projects assess the abundance and distribution of marine and estuarine habitats. Data and information are available for the following projects.

The Washington State ShoreZone Inventory
The ShoreZone Inventory describes physical and biological characteristics of intertidal and shallow subtidal areas along Washington State 's saltwater shorelines. This synoptic inventory includes more than 50 habitat characteristics, including physical features such as shoreline type, vegetation types such as kelp and eelgrass, and anthropogenic features such as bulkheads. It has been used in a wide range of planning and research projects.

Whatcom County Intertidal Habitat Inventory
During the summer of 1995, 110 miles of intertidal shoreline were surveyed in the Whatcom County area. The resulting polygon-based inventory characterizes physical and biological components of nearshore habitat. Airborne multispectral sensor data was collected at 4 meter resolution to distinguish eight intertidal vegetation types. Ground data and airphoto interpretation were used to map shoreline characteristics such as wave energy, substrate type, and water regime.

Skagit County Intertidal Habitat Inventory
During the summers of 1996 and 1997, 230 miles of intertidal shoreline were surveyed in the Skagit County area. The resulting polygon-based inventory characterizes physical and biological components of nearshore habitat. Airborne multispectral sensor data was collected at four-meter resolution to distinguish eight intertidal vegetation types. Ground data and airphoto interpretation were used to map shoreline characteristics such as wave energy, substrate type, and water regime.

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Aquatic Resources Division
Nearshore Habitat Program
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1100
Fax 360-902-1786
nearshore@dnr.wa.gov

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