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CCRM Planning and Management Resources

Using Tools

CCRM develops products and tools to assist local and state managers improve their decision making capacity. This page links you to tools and online mapping applications which allow an end user to query GIS coverages without the need for GIS software. With these tools, a user can perform general map queries, access attribute data related to map features, and compose and print maps using the Internet.

Users are encouraged to review the help system and metadata to understand tool functionality. This will provide a detailed background for each theme, and minimize potential misuses of the data. Users are required to review the published disclaimer.

Interactive Mapping Tools

  • Blue Infrastructure (BI) - The Blue Infrastructure online mapping tool integrates important aquatic resources that have been compiled for the coastal zone of Virginia using GIS technology.

  • Elizabeth River Environmental Atlas (ER Atlas) - The Elizabeth River Online Environmental Atlas was generated to bring together a vast amount of environmental data in support of efforts within the Elizabeth River Project and other groups.

  • Marina Suitability Tool - This tool was designed using available GIS data, government specifications and scientific information to identify appropriate sites for future marinas. A protocol was developed to implement an evaluation approach which ranks existing conditions on the landscape based on three major categories: habitat, water quality, and design.

  • Oil Spill Cleanup And Response (OSCAR) - OSCAR, the Oil Spill Clean-up and Response tool, was generated to assist individuals responding to oil spill accidents in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Shallow Water Use Conflict Tool - This project uses GIS to evaluate conditions suitable for a variety of activities that may occur within the shallow water zone of the estuary.

  • The Shoreline Managers Assessment Mapper (SAM) - SAM is provided as a data resource to assist local and state government staff as they review shoreline conditions and make recommendations regarding proposed permit actions.

  • Wetlands Data Viewer - The Wetlands Data Viewer tool allows users to obtain National Wetland Inventory (NWI) statistics for any hydrologic unit in Virginia.

  • Wetlands Mitigation Targeting Tool - This tool uses GIS to target sites in the landscape suitable for wetland creation. It has application for wetland restoration or mitigation projects. The tool outputs selected sites based on five suitability parameters: presence of hydric soils, presence of hydrology, adjacency to existing wetlands, existing landuse and the opportunity for landscape conversion, and proximity to designated conservation areas.

  • York River Wetlands Assessment - This study provides baseline data on the extent and condition of 2,188 tidal wetlands within the York River Watershed. These data provide valuable information in identifying wetland restoration opportunities, evaluating appropriate mitigation ratios, and determining cumulative impacts within a watershed.

Other Tools

  • Aquaculture Vulnerability Model - This study uses GIS to model risks to shellfish aquaculture. The model first considers basics physical and biological conditions necessary for aquaculture success and second, the impacts that current land use and proposed local zoning has on suitable growing areas.

  • Shoreline Situation Reports - Shoreline assessments divide the shorezone into three regions: 1) the immediate riparian zone, evaluated for land use; 2) the bank, evaluated for height, stability, cover and natural protection; and 3) the shoreline, describing the presence of shoreline structures for shore protection and recreational purposes.

  • James River and York River Map Gallery - The York River and James River Map Gallery integrates watershed level data across various agencies within a single GIS framework and provide support to the state's tributaries strategy development and implementation process.

  • Maritime Forest Project - The purpose of this project were to use remote sensing techniques to delineate existing coastal maritime forests, as well as compute, on a county-by-county basis, the amount of maritime forest cover present in each coastal locality, and the extent of maritime forests located within conservation lands. 

  • Sea Level Rise Planning Maps - This project created maps depicting the likelihood of shore protection along the Virginia coast as part of a nationwide study reported in "State and local governments plan for development of most land vulnerable to rising sea level along the U.S. Atlantic Coast.", which appeared in Environmental Research Letters (2009). Also included are maps of Maryland and North Carolina.

  • Tidal Flushing Project - The objective of this project was to perform a combination of water quality modeling analyses that evaluated individual systems for general flushing characteristics.

  • Waterfront Development Tool - This project considers specific criteria that appraise the potential risk of development to sensitive aquatic resources. The protocol evaluates conditions on the landscape based on three major categories: existing land use, impacts to sensitive habitat, and potential impacts to water quality. A GIS-based model implements the protocol and ranks criteria based on a designated set of rules and conditions.

Wetlands Tools

Shoreline Management