Current Projects

Delmarva Index

The Mid-Shore Regional Council and the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, with support through the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF), have partnered with the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative to develop tools and resources custom built for the residents, businesses, and community organizations on the Delmarva Peninsula. Project partners recognize and offer solutions to meet the challenges facing the Delmarva region due to its unique geography and political boundaries. The Delmarva Index is a recent example that lends a new and much needed regional perspective to planning and decision making.

The long-term vision for the Delmarva Index is to serve as an online data repository and visualization tool that will function as a comprehensive data source for demographic, economic, geographic, and social data, pertaining to the Delmarva Peninsula. It will provide users free and easy access to a curated list of relevant datasets and custom visualizations. Partners believe that better access to and visualization of data will facilitate data driven decision making and improve communication.

Delmarva Index

Legislative District Land Use Map Project

To better inform Maryland's state delegates and senators about the land use issues in their district as well as to provide them with a useful reference map to use during discussions with constituents, the ESRGC has completed a project to create a large format map of land use for each 2012 state legislative district in Maryland. These maps were given as gifts to the senators and delegates in February 2019, with the compliments of Salisbury University, the MidShore Regional Council, and the Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.

View maps here

Maryland LiDAR Services and Viewer

The ESRGC is currently working with Maryland’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT) to provide public access to bare earth LiDAR throughout the state. Raw LiDAR data is processed by the ESRGC and image services are published through ArcGIS for Server. There are six derivative products on our topography server which are all accessible through WMS connection, Google Earth, and ArcGIS software. These derivative products include aspect, hillshade, slope, shaded relief and DEMs in meters and feet. In addition to the server, we are also maintaining a topography viewer web application that allows users to interact directly with the LiDAR data hosted on our servers.

ESRGC LiDAR Services


Climate Change Adaptation Planning for MDSHA

The Mid-Atlantic region is predicted to have some of the worst impacts of Sea Level Change because of the combination of rise, subsidence, and relative position to the North Atlantic Gyre. With 3,190 miles of coast, Maryland State Highway Administration is prioritizing and mitigating the potential impact of baseline SLC on SHA assets, as well as the increased impact of coastal flooding that will result. Using USACE SLC projections, USGS studies, and NOAA tidal observations, the ESRGC provides SHA forecast intelligence on 2015, 2050, and 2100 scenarios, helping protect Maryland’s long-term investments.

Maryland SHA SLC Services

Maryland FirstNet Broadband Initiative

FirstNet is a national project which aims to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. Commercial broadband networks were not designed to support public safety needs and are unreliable in emergency events. Emergency responders are unable to communicate when too many users access a commercial network at the same time and crash the network during an emergency event, such as a natural disaster. FirstNet will allow first responders and other public safety units to communicate during an emergency event using a network devoted entirely to public safety. The ESRGC provides Maryland’s FirstNet team with comprehensive mapping support, experience in mapping broadband assets and wireless coverage in Maryland, and website development.

Maryland FirstNet Broadband Initiative page

Critical Area Boundary Mapping

The ESRGC is currently working with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, the Critical Area Commission, and County representatives in the statewide updating of Maryland’s Critical Area Boundary. Analysts are using high resolution true-color orthophotography, color infrared imagery, and ortho-rectified tidal wetlands maps to determine the edge of shoreline and the landward edge of tidal wetlands which will then be used to create the 1000 foot Critical Area boundary.

Chesapeake Bay Critical Area page

Data Distribution for Project and County Datasets

The ESRGC is providing this data distribution service in cooperation with the Counties and the regional Councils of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Also found on the page is datasets from current and past projects.

Data Distribution page


GeoDASH Initiative

The GeoDASH Initiative: Facilitated by the Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University and the ESRGC, in partnership with the Mid-Shore Regional Council (MSRC) and the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (TCCLES), and funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). Its goal is to provide technical assistance to community leaders in matters involving economic development and transportation planning and develop state-of-the-art data visualization tools that merge the traditional business intelligence, geographic information, and dynamic modeling to support regional economic development decision making.

Government and Nonprofit Application Workshop (GNAppWorks)

Salisbury University’s Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) and the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC), Departments of Information and Decision Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, Geography and Geosciences, Nursing and other academic and outreach units of Salisbury University have collaborated to form GNAPPWORKS: A mobile application development initiative for government agencies and non-profit organizations. It's goal is to develops mobile platform applications (apps) for government and non-profit organizations that will be available for a variety of platforms including, the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. Although the market is currently flooded with apps for both the individual consumer and private companies, government entities and non-profit organizations have typically been left out of the target market. The number of applications for such organizations is nearly endless, from tracking open foster care beds, disseminating women’s health information, tracking equipment for the Department of Defense, to risk management and disaster prevention.

Past Projects

Maryland Broadband Mapping Initiative

The ESRGC is currently working with Maryland Broadband Cooperative and Towson University on the Maryland Broadband Mapping Initiative. This initiative aims to complete a data collection and mapping effort of Maryland’s broadband areas especially its unserved and underserved areas in a way that is supportive of both business’ and government’s goal of expansion of utilization of broadband service. This project will fulfill the Broadband Data Improvement Act’s requirement for a broadband mapping component for Maryland and will contribute significantly to the national effort to collect and visualize broadband data and areas. The initial data collection effort will be completed in 2010 but the effort is expected to be ongoing.

Maryland Broadband Mapping Initiative page

Flood Vulnerability Analysis

Using the latest HAZUS-MH Flood module developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the ESRGC is completing a General Stock Damage and Loss analysis for a 100-year flood event for each county in the State, including the City of Baltimore. More details of this project will be available soon.

Flood Vulnerability page

Centerlines Attribution within Metropolitan Planning Organization Boundary

Completed in 2010, The ESRGC prepared the Wicomico County centerlines within the Metropolitan Planning Organization boundary for a traffic visualization study. Analysts used high resolution true color orthophotography to populate several attribute fields including lane width, number of lanes, road surface, and road classification. Analysts also conducted field work to collect restrictions such as stop signs and speed limit signs.

Georgia's National Wetland Inventory

Completed in 2009, the ESRGC collaborated with PBS&J, EcoScience, and Mulkey Engineers & Consultants to assist in the update of the National Wetland Inventory (NWI) for six coastal counties in Georgia. Analysts used an extensive data library to re-delineate wetlands with the goal to increase the amount of accurate information available for coastal wetland resources for the better planning and decision-making by federal, state, and local agencies.

Lower Eastern Shore Tax Ditch GIS Data Development

In the Summer and Fall of 2004 the ESRGC assisted the Maryland Department of Agriculture in digitizing and annotating tax ditches and public drainage associations in selected areas on the Lower Eastern Shore. Tax ditches from the Pocomoke, Nanticoke and Coastal Bays watersheds are available for free download as are PDAs from the Pocomoke and Coastal Bays watersheds.

Tax Ditch page

History of Vienna John Smith GIS Project

As the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Jamestown Colony nears in 2007, interest in the colonization and the resulting exploration of the Chesapeake Bay is rising. John Smith’s exploration of the Bay and its tributaries in 1608-09 continues to be amazing accomplishment, particularly in terms of its breadth, its completeness, and its accuracy. Indeed, the resulting map of Smith’s travels around the Chesapeake Bay, published in 1612, was used as a reference for the next 150 years.

John Smith page