DIGITAL SHORELINE ANALYSIS SYSTEM
Computer Software for Calculating Shoreline Change (and other problems dealing with the positional change of a boundary over time)
The Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) is computer software that computes rate-of-change statistics from multiple historic shoreline positions residing in a GIS. It is also useful for computing rates of change for just about any other boundary change problem that incorporates a clearly-identified feature position at discrete times.
The DSAS software is freely available.
The current version is 4.3.4730 and is available here.
If you use it, please cite the following publication:
Thieler, E.R., Himmelstoss, E.A., Zichichi, J.L., and Ergul, Ayhan, 2009, Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) version 4.0—An ArcGIS extension for calculating shoreline change: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1278. Available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1278/.
Updates to DSAS 4.0 include
DSAS generates an XML-based output table that contains the distance measurements used to compute rate-of-change statistics along each transect. This output format enables advanced users to design custom modules and perform additional analyses while utilizing the measurement positions established by DSAS. Results from the core calculations provided with the DSAS software are incorporated back into ArcMap in table format and can be joined to the measurement transects for spatial display
The DSAS software is freely available.
A public bulletin board for DSAS support is available to report bugs, as well as to exchange tips and techniques with the authors and other DSAS users.
UNINSTALL PATCH FOR DSAS v.4x
This patch is ONLY for users who uninstalled ArcGIS 9.x before uninstalling DSAS v.4x.
Please note, when upgrading to a new version of ArcGIS, it is best to first uninstall custom ArcGIS extensions (such as DSAS). DSAS was developed using standard ESRI-recommended methodology, but unfortunately cannot be removed if ArcGIS has already been uninstalled from the system. If ArcGIS 9.x was uninstalled (typical during a version update to ArcGIS 10) before uninstalling DSAS, the ESRI libraries DSAS requires to unregister itself are no longer available. For users who find themselves unable to uninstall DSAS, use the following patch.
DSAS transects created in the previous DSAS v.2x (for ArcView 3.x) can now be imported for use in DSAS v. 4 using the stand-alone utility available for download below.
In this example, the DSAS was used to calculate rate-of-change statistics for a migrating bedform from sequential sidescan sonar surveys. The Least Squares regression with 90% confidence interval graphically represents one of the many statistics reported by DSAS.
The DSAS software was originally developed in the early 1990’s and has undergone continuous, albeit episodic refinement. DSAS version 1.0 (1992) was written in the C and awk programming languages for use with the MapGrafix and ArcInfo Geographic Information Systems. DSAS 2.0 was written in Avenue for ArcView 3.x. The current version, DSAS 3.x, was written in VB.NET using the ArcObjects Object Library for ArcGIS 9.
Each version of DSAS includes many improvements that are described in the documentation. Typically, we concentrate our efforts on improving the rate-of-change statistics and the user interface.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS (unsupported)
The DSAS 3.0 is available at http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/DSAS/version3/ and should be cited as:
Thieler, E.R., Himmelstoss, E.A., Zichichi, J.L., and Miller, T.L., 2005, Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) version 3.0: An ArcGIS extension for calculating shoreline change: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1304.
The DSAS 2.0 is available at http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/DSAS/version2/ and should be cited as:
Thieler, E. R., Martin, D., and Ergul, A., 2003, The Digital Shoreline Analysis System, version 2.0: Shoreline change measurement software extension for ArcView: USGS U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-076.
The original DSAS version 1.0 is documented here http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr92355 and should be cited as:
Danforth, W. W., and Thieler, E. R., 1992, Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) User's Guide, Version 1.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-355, 42 p.
Thieler, E.R., and Danforth, W.W., 1994. Historical shoreline mapping (I): improving techniques and reducing positioning errors. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 10, no. 3, p. 549-563.
Thieler, E.R., and Danforth, W.W., 1994. Historical shoreline mapping (II): application of the Digital Shoreline Mapping and Analysis Systems (DSMS/DSAS) to shoreline change mapping in Puerto Rico. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 10, no. 3, p. 600-620.
These pages are provisional and contain computer software or scripts that may be changed without notice as new versions or revisions of the material are created. Although this program has been used by the USGS, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the USGS or the United States Government as to the accuracy and functioning of the program and related program material nor shall the fact of distribution constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the USGS in connection therewith.