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Tuesday, October 18 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Technical Session. Mapping Across the Divide – Creating a Seamless Coastal Zone Soil Survey

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AUTHORS: Maggie K. Payne, USDA NRCS; Jim Turenne, USDA NRCS

ABSTRACT: Current and accurate maps are an important tool for making use and management decisions regarding land and water resources. With ongoing concerns of sea level rise and coastal change, accurate information about the structure of the coastal upland and nearshore subaqueous environments is an important tool in planning for the future of these areas. The National Cooperative Soil Survey has is responsible for documenting the nation’s soil resources to be used in making land use interpretations. In recent years, the need for coastal resource assessments has led the soil survey to update the mapping in certain areas to include more detailed information on the soils of coastal uplands, salt marshes, and subaqueous soils beneath shallow water (generally < 5 m). Seamless maps of the coastal and shallow subtidal soil types have been created and interpretations are in development including flooding hazard, dredge disposal concerns, mooring field construction, shellfish habitat suitability, and eelgrass replanting suitability. Methods for mapping these soils include use of LIDAR and bathymetric data as well as a significant element of field data collection and lab analysis.


Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset V

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