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Theme Lead Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Theme Lead: Tony LaVoi (NOAA)

Water - Oceans & Coasts


Committees and Work Groups

Geospatial Standards

Water - Oceans and Coasts Theme

Definition: Features and characteristics of salt water bodies (i.e. tides, tidal waves, coastal information, reefs) and features and characteristics that represent the intersection of the land with the water surface (i.e. shorelines), the lines from which the territorial sea and other maritime zones are measured (i.e. baseline maritime) and lands covered by water at any stage of the tide (i.e. Outer Continental Shelf), as distinguished from tidelands, which are attached to the mainland or an island and cover and uncover with the tide.

FGDC Marine and Coastal Spatial Data Subcommittee

FGDC Wetlands Subcommittee

FGDC Marine Boundary Working Group

Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping

Related Themes


Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats in the United States (1996)

Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data (2001)

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards, Part 5: Standards for Nautical Charting Hydrographic Surveys (2005)

Shoreline Data Content Standard -Public Review Draft (2007)

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (2012)

NGDA Water Oceans and Coasts Community

NGDA Water Oceans and Coasts Community

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