This page contains reserve site and habitat mapping data to be used as reference materials.
Habitat mapping is the process of using aerial photography and visual surveys to classify habitat types and distribution within a defined area. Habitat mapping was conducted at the four national sites of the N.C. Coastal Reserve (Rachel Carson, Masonboro Island, Zeke’s Island, Currituck Banks). The aerial imagery used to digitize the habitat maps is a 2010 statewide orthoimagery dataset managed by the N.C. Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. GIS specialists with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management used heads-up digitizing to assign polygons to specific habitat types using the ArcGIS software program. In the digitizing process, polygons are traced over the aerial imagery, with each polygon representing an area of habitat classified at the Subclass level.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality shall not be held liable for any errors in this metadata. This includes errors of omission, commission, errors concerning the content of the data, and relative and positional accuracy of the data. These data cannot be construed to be a legal document. Primary sources from which these data were compiled must be consulted for verification of information contained in these data.
Please contact Research Coordinator, Justin Ridge, with questions about data downloads and mapping projects at the Reserve.