Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Wisconsin Shoreline Inventory and Oblique Photo Viewer was initially developed in 2008, beginning with the creation of a shoreline inventory and analysis based on Lake Michigan oblique photos from 1976 and 2007. Through subsequent projects and funding, FSC has added more data, oblique photos and analysis while also increasing the functionality and access to the resources available through the website application. The Viewer holds 40,000+ oblique photos for 1997, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018, with plans to add more as available. The shoreline inventory is currently being updated for all of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan and Lake Superior shoreline.
The Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol (2017, 2018) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2012 FEMA Coastal Flood Study) are the main oblique photo providers. The viewer has also added bluff profiles derived from coastal LiDAR along with the most recently funded analysis that has captured shore recession rates for 3 coastal counties in southern Wisconsin. The Inventory and Oblique Viewer application also serves as a proof of concept for a Wisconsin Digital Coast Framework for connecting and integrating web mapping applications to externally hosted coastal datasets and photos.