How do you record the width of the site if the back of the shoreline is not parallel to the water (for example, a U‐shaped site)?
If the shoreline site is irregularly shaped, you will need to measure the width in at least three different places (for a 100-meter long shoreline site) in order to get an average shoreline width. Please sketch the shape of the site in the data sheet notes section. Break the shoreline into a series of rectangles and measure the length and width of each. This does not need to be done at every survey. Please consult NOAA MDP if you have questions (MD.firstname.lastname@example.org).