Ecological Assessment Data for Living Shorelines in GTM Reserve, Florida

Data Resource
January 2020

About the project

The 2015 - 2019 collaborative research project Re-engineering Living Shorelines for High-Energy Coastal Environments designed, installed and studied an innovative living shoreline treatment at six shoreline sites within Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in northeast Florida. 

The project's living shoreline design uses two lines of defense to reduce erosion along the marsh edge - porous wooden breakwalls placed in front of structures that will foster oyster growth.  An in-depth study monitored boat wake and wave energy, oyster reef development, and salt marsh edge movement to evaluate the effectiveness of the living shoreline treatment. To learn more about the project's design and findings, see A Manual for Re-Engineering Living Shorelines to Halt Erosion and Restore Coastal Habitat in High-Energy Environments.

About the data

The dataset description outlines the parameters measured, locations studied, and the data file format for the four datasets generated by the project:

  1. Ecological data for living shorelines in GTM NERR
  2. Oyster data for living shorelines in GTM NERR
  3. Invertebrate data for living shorelines in GTM NERR
  4. Hydrodynamic data near living shorelines in GTM NERR

Data access: The datasets for this project have been archived with the NERRS Centralized Data Management Office and can be downloaded after completing a data request form. Click the blue "Request Data" button in the upper right corner of this page. 

Questions about these datasets can be directed to:

Christine Angelini, University of Florida, Email:

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