If Coastlines Could Talk: A story of Lincoln, Ontario
Meredith DeCock-Caspell | September 3, 2020
Using historical maps, striking photography and clear, concise commentary to show where and how the coast has changed since 1934, MEOPAR researcher and Brock University alumna Meredith Caspell has created: “If Coastlines Could Talk: A Story of Lincoln, ON,” an interactive ArcGIS StoryMap that was recently awarded the 2020 Esri Canada scholarship for Brock University.
About The StoryMap
Shoreline circa 1930
Shoreline in 2020
Coastlines erode. This is a natural process. But sometimes this process can be accelerated or interrupted by the actions humans take. To better understand what sections of a coastline have been eroding faster and to determine what sections are the most vulnerable to erosion, coastline change analyses can be conducted.
A coastline change analysis was conducted for the Town of Lincoln. This included the study of historical air photographs that dated as far back as possible to present day to calculate the rate the coastline was changing over time. This helps identify areas that have been eroding at a faster rate than others. In addition to this, select factors were investigated that may have contributed to the changes. These factors were both climatic/physical (storm events, water levels, ice cover) and human-induced (land use changes, coastline protection measures) in nature.