Ecological Coastal Units are Now Available

A new set of resources is now available that describe global shoreline characteristics. Ecological Coastal Units were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in partnership with Esri and the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network. These data were developed as part of a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) initiative called GEO Ecosystems (GEO ECO), and are associated with a GEO ECO task to develop global coastal ecosystems data. The data allows for the visualization and query of any stretch of coastline on Earth, except Antarctica. The underlying data are 4 million 1km or shorter coastal segments, each of which is attributed with values from 10 ecological settings variables representing the adjacent ocean, the adjacent land, and the coastline itself.

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