Shoreline Monitoring Database

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Washington Sea Grant and University of Washington have collaborated to develop protocols at the Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox. This database is an online portal to support aggregation and sharing of data collected by those people using shoreline monitoring protocols. The project has expanded to engender and support community-based science efforts.



  • Provides protocols that standardize and simplify the process of monitoring restoration projects.
  • Interacts with the Shorefriendly Program
  • PSEMP nearshore workgroup is associated with this work.
  • Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead is actively funding in support of the Shoreline Armoring Implementation Strategy as part of the Action Agenda
  • Protocols are being used to support technical training through citizen science and technical college, and to organize community science efforts.
  • Protocols create more opportunity for youth contributions through classes and summer activities.
  • Necessary to cultivate a system for analyzing data coming in through the standard protocols to complete the feedback process. The Vashon Nature Center has leveraged this develop youth efforts and paid internships.
  • These efforts are generating analysis by professional scientists, that are getting published incrementally in journals.
    • De Roches et al 2022 armor removal restores shoreline variability
    • Toft cites observation of leaning logs and drift logs comparing shorelines that are natural or restored.
    • Toft cites observation of wrack and sand relative to fetch.
    • Length of armor removal affects log count (strong), but not wrack cover, and unexpected results of higher insect abundance at narrow armor removal sites.
    • Adding logs to restoration sites increases other response variables such as wrack depth.
  • A broad cross agency effort. Key players include:


  • Is there a set of hypotheses that aligns with the protocols and available sites that have a high potential for policy feedback?
    • Some sites have individual monitoring plans which include "performance standards" which are hypotheses we study.