Connecticut’s Coast: Then and Now

Connecticut's Coast: Then and Now


The Connecticut’s Coast: Then and Now story map guides readers through the comparison of carefully georeferenced, scanned, 1934 aerial photos of Connecticut’s shoreline with current Esri base imagery.  It briefly discusses methods, the history of the one-of-a-kind dataset (statewide, 1934 aerials) and coastal processes.  Next, areas of change including marshes, beaches and new land are described and highlighted with embedded swipe story maps.  Finally, the reader can dive into ten locations with a time series of multiple dates (starting in 1880), view the coast through the unique perspective of Lidar elevation and explore identified areas of change.


Community decision makers, government agencies, students, residents and anyone interested in the coast


Esri ArcGIS Online, Esri Story Maps, Esri ArcGIS Server, digital camera, drone


Emily Wilson, Joel Stocker


Center for Land Use Education and Research, University of Connecticut

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About the author

Emily Wilson

I am a geospatial educator at the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). My background is in natural resources and remote sensing. I work to make technical geospatial information available to all through websites, web maps, trainings and conversations. More info