Mapping Coastal Data

Tasmania now has easily accessible coastal data on the Land Information Systems Tasmania (LIST) web site for the 100m wide coastal strip - inland from the high water mark. Data sets include: vegetation (and weeds), animal habitat, geomorphology (coastal landforms) and susceptibility to sea level rise (shoreline erosion vulnerability and coastal flood vulnerability).

The goal of the maps and data are to provide accurate spatial information to State and Local Government planners and managers so they can understand the nature of the values for a site when assessing a use or development. This tool is beneficial because it saves time in getting this information from different specialists and provides a key overview of site specific information.

The projects that provided this data also provided extra support to decision makers by providing decision support tools in the form of condition, viability and significance assessment. Dissemination of data and training was also part of the project. It is hoped that this spatial data will improve decision making on the coast.

​Data Layers and Maps

All the data sets are available on the LIST. If you have not used the LIST before, a layer management tutorial is available. The layers are best viewed with either a topographic map or aerial photo as base layer. Using the layer management function choose the data sets under: Natural Environment/Coastal Values layers and Climate Change/Coastal Vulnerability layers.

Experienced GIS Software users can also download the data sets below or obtain them on CD from the Coastal Unit to upload onto their own computers. The data layers can be interpreted with the Interpretation Manuals and photographs are also available to be downloaded.

​Projects and Data Layers (summary)

DTAE Coastal Values Project 2005-2007

Vegetation, animal habitat, geomorphology

1. Vegetation and fauna layers (8)
      • Vegetation
      • Native Vegetation Condition
      • Native Vegetation Viability
      • Vegetation Significance
      • Weeds
      • Observed Fauna Habitat
      • Potential Fauna Habitat
      • Fauna Significance
2. Geomorphology layers (9)
      • Geomorphic Lines - Condition
      • Geomorphic Lines - Geoconservation Values
      • Geomorphic Lines - Sensitivity
      • Geomorphic Lines - Lower Intertidal Landforms
      • Geomorphic Lines - Upper Intertidal Landforms
      • Geomorphic Lines - Backshore Landforms
      • Polygons - Historic Dune Mobility
      • Polygons - Present Dune Mobility
      • Polygons - Soft Sediment Landforms

DPIW Climate Change Project 2004-2006

Geomorphic descriptions of the shoreline type including an assessment of the vulnerability of each coastal segment to erosion and recession due to sea level rise.
      Coastal Vulnerability - Clayey shores
      Coastal Vulnerability - Rocky shores
      Coastal Vulnerability - Soft shores
      Coastal Vulnerability - Unclassified shores
      Coastal flood vulnerability - maximum
      Coastal flood vulnerability - minimum

​Training and Interpretation Resources

Soft Sediment Coasts
A training presentation (slide show) on soft landforms in Tasmania and their management issues by Frances Mowling 2006. To be used to interpret the data layer: polygons-soft sediment landforms.

Mapping Shoreline Types and Associated Management Issues
A training presentation (slide show) on hard, soft and mixed shoreline types, associated management issues and decision support tools by Chris Sharples and Frances Mowling 2006. To be used to interpret the Geomorphology data layers.

Mapping Vegetation Types and Associated Management Issues
A training presentation (slide show) on the data collection and the creation of mapping layers for vegetation communities, environmental weeds, vegetation condition and observed fauna habitat by North Barker and Associates 2006. To be used to interpret the vegetation and fauna data layers.

Coastal Values Project - NRM South Interpretation Manual

Coastal Values Project - ​NRM North Interpretation Manual