Included Data Sources

  • San Francisco Pinniped Haul-out Sites (NMFS, 2007)

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) does not have a GIS-based database for all of the pinniped haulout sites in California. Much of the information is known through word of mouth or in unpublished literature (e.g., academic research) that may be lost over time. In the past, many projects occurring along the California coastline included components that impacted marine mammals. However, determining whether a project may impact marine mammals, specifically pinnipeds, has been challenging for those unfamiliar with pinniped behavior.

  • Vegetation - Suisun Marsh 2006

    This is part of an ongoing monitoring project that the Biogeographic Data Branch of the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), in collaboration with the Department of Water Resources and the DFG Water Branch, started in 1999 to track changes in the Suisun Marsh vegetation over time.

  • Vegetation - Suisun Marsh 2009

    This is part of an ongoing monitoring project that the Biogeographic Data Branch of the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), in collaboration with the Department of Water Resources and the DFG Water Branch, started in 1999 to track changes in the Suisun Marsh vegetation over time.

  • Areas of Special Biological Significance

    This data set details State Water Quality Protection Areas (SWQPA) formely known as Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS). SWQPA are under State Water Resources Control Board jurisdiction. Areas of Special Biological Significance status limits water quality impacts by prohibiting point source and storm drain discharges.pendix VII.

  • Beach Erosion Areas of Concern

    Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) efforts are primarily coordinated through development of the California Sediment Master Plan (SMP), which lays out a number of objectives, goals and tasks to implement Regional Sediment Management (RSM) through...

  • Beach Nourishment History (1920s to 2000)

    This is a dataset of beach nourishment history for the California Coastline from the 1920s to 2000. The original data was in tabular form (an Excel spreadsheet) and was compiled by Melanie Coyne while she was a NOAA fellow with the California Coastal Comm...

  • California Coastal Zone Map

    California Coastal Zone means that land and water area of the State of California from the Oregon border to the border of the Republic of Mexico, extending seaward to the state's outer limit of jurisdiction, including all offshore islands, and extending i...

  • California Eelgrass

    California open coast eelgrass locations compiled by California Department of Fish and Game biologists.

  • Central California Shoreline Change

    Three historical and one modern vector shorelines and a shore-normal transect for long-term shoreline change rates for sandy shoreline in Central CA.

  • Coastal Access

    Cartographic representation of locations providing access to the coast.

  • Coastal Armoring

    Coastal armoring along the coast of California, created to provide a database of all existing coastal armoring based on data available at the time of creation. Dataset developed by Jennifer Dare at the California Coastal Commission.

  • Coastal Conditions

    Coastline depicting coastal feature type, coast name, the role of the feature in the littoral cell, potential sediment sources, jurisdiction, and site description.

  • Coastal Dams

    National Inventory of Dams Coastal California Extract.

  • Coastal Sand Deposits

    Beach deposits for the California coast, extracted from geologic maps at various scales and dates. Beach deposits refer specifically to sand.

  • Coastal Wetlands

    A filtered subset of wetland polygons from the National Wetlands Inventory that are below or within 100 meters of the MHHW line.

  • Harbors

    Generalized cartographic representation of ports and harbors.

  • Kelp Canopy

    This dataset represents the 2009 aerial kelp survey. The imagery was collected on October 01, 2009 from an altitude of 12,500 feet. Surveys were planned to coincide with periods of minimal change between high and low tides, to avoid strong tidal induced currents. This dataset is complete at this time, although the user should note any omissions.

  • Littoral Cells

    California’s littoral cells were originally digitized by Melanie Coyne from the Assessment and Atlas of Shoreline Erosion Along the California Coast (Habel, J. S. and G. A. Armstrong, 1978). Cells were revised in 2005 by Kiki Patsch to refine certain cells and add sediment budget information. The coastline of California can be divided into a set of distinct, essentially self-contained littoral cells or beach compartments.

  • Maritime Limits Boundaries

    Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, US/Canada International Boundary, Exclusive Economic Zone, and Maritime Boundaries of the United States.

  • Nautical Charts

    The NOAA_RNC MapService provides a seamless collarless mosaic of the NOAA Raster Nautical Charts. Source charts are updated once per month. This map service is not to be used for navigation.

  • Northern California Shoreline Change

    Three historical and one modern vector shorelines and a shore-normal transect for long-term shoreline change rates for sandy shoreline in Northern CA.

  • Potential Coastal and Upland Borrow Sites

    Upland debris basins and coastal borrow sites as identified originally in the California Shoreline Database compiled by Noble Consultants (Jon Moore). Later updates to the dataset by the BEACON, SANDAG and AMBAG Coastal Sediment Regional Master Plans (CSR...

  • Sand Retention Structures

    This dataset is a compilation of the UCSC Sand Retention Structures, MC Barriers, and USACE Coastal Structures. UCSC Sand Retention Structures originate from a catalog of 211 man-made structures along California's open-ocean shoreline. The original databa...

  • Sea Level Rise Coastal Flooding Impacts

    The dataset covers the entire California coast and the San Francisco Bay. It is created for estimating the impacts of a 100-year coastal flood with a sea-level rise of 1.4 meters (55 inches).

  • Shipping Lanes

    Shipping Lanes derived from NOAA's Office of Coast Survey's Electronic Navigational Charts.

  • Southern California Shoreline Change

    Three historical and one modern vector shorelines and a shore-normal transect for long-term shoreline change rates for sandy shoreline in Southern CA.

  • Tsunami Risk Along the California Coast

    This service provides maps of tsunami flood hazard. The tsunami zones are based on consideration of local tsunami-generating sources offshore California’s coasts (earthquake faults and landslides), and distant sources around the Pacific Ocean rim. These...