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Shoreline / Coastline Resources

NCEI provides access to a variety of shoreline/coastline data. NCEI is a mirror site for the GSHHG database. Datasets are in WGS84 geographic (simple latitudes and longitudes; decimal degrees) horizontal datum.



Coastline products distributed by NCEI are in the public domain and are not subject to copyright protection within the United States, except for the GSHHG Database, which is released under the GNU Lesser General Public license.

The online Coastline Extractor is no longer available. We recommend using the GSHHG coastline database which is maintained, updated, and extractable using the GEODAS software tool (above).

Related NOAA Links:

NOAA Shoreline Website

NOAA Shoreline Data Explorer

NOAA Historical Shoreline Survey Viewer

Related non-NOAA Links

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Digital Nautical Chart

CIA World DataBank II (Rivers and Political Boundaries