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The Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) version 4.0—an ArcGIS Extension for Calculating Shoreline Change

By E. Robert Thieler¹, Emily A. Himmelstoss¹, Jessica L. Zichichi², and Ayhan Ergul²

¹Coastal and Marine Geology Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA 02543
²Innovate! Inc., 5835 Valley View Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22310

Published 2009

If you use the DSAS extension, please cite the following publication:
Thieler, E.R., Himmelstoss, E.A., Zichichi, J.L., and Ergul, Ayhan, Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) version 4.0—An ArcGIS extension for calculating shoreline change: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1278.

Abstract

The Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) version 4.3 is a software extension to ESRI ArcGIS v.10 that enables a user to calculate shoreline rate-of-change statistics from multiple historic shoreline positions. A user-friendly interface of simple buttons and menus guides the user through the major steps of shoreline change analysis. Components of the extension and user guide include (1) instruction on the proper way to define a reference baseline for measurements, (2) automated and manual generation of measurement transects and metadata based on user-specified parameters, and (3) output of calculated rates of shoreline change and other statistical information. DSAS computes shoreline rates of change using four different methods: (1) endpoint rate, (2) simple linear regression, (3) weighted linear regression, and (4) least median of squares. The standard error, correlation coefficient, and confidence interval are also computed for the simple and weighted linear-regression methods. The results of all rate calculations are output to a table that can be linked to the transect file by a common attribute field. DSAS is intended to facilitate the shoreline change-calculation process and to provide rate-of-change information and the statistical data necessary to establish the reliability of the calculated results. The software is also suitable for any generic application that calculates positional change over time, such as assessing rates of change of glacier limits in sequential aerial photos, river edge boundaries, land-cover changes, and so on.

A public bulletin board for DSAS support is available at https://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/discus/show.cgi?2/2 to report bugs as well as to exchange tips and techniques with the authors and other DSAS users.

Historic shorelines for a portion of southwestern Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
Historic shorelines for a portion of southwestern Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

Historic shorelines and DSAS-generated transects at 100 meter spacing with histogram showing rates of shoreline change computed using simple linear regression.
Historic shorelines and DSAS-generated transects at 100-meter spacing with histogram showing rates of shoreline change computed using simple linear regression.

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