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Virginia CZM Program: 2018 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Project Title:

Coastal Management GIS Support and Coastal GEMS Maintenance

Project Description:

This task supports one full time staff position (Coastal GIS Coordinator) that is contracted through Virginia Commonwealth University to provide GIS support to the Virginia CZM program and the partial time of two additional VCU staff required to host and maintain the Coastal Geospatial and Educational Mapping System (Coastal GEMS), perform data/software updates, and perform grant/project management.

Coastal Management GIS Support: The Coastal GIS Coordinator provides support to the Virginia CZM Program to ensure that GIS needs are met; that policy and planning functions have adequate GIS support; that open grants involving GIS products are properly managed and implemented; and that Virginia CZM’s Coastal GEMS remains a valuable tool to Virginia’s coastal community. This staff position will support the following activities:
- Work with VCU staff and others to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of Virginia CZM’s Coastal GEMS
- Organize Coastal GEMS training programs for state/local government users and others
- Advise CZM project managers and grantees on grants involving GIS data development, mapping, and NOAA’s data sharing policy
- Perform GIS calculations and searches and produce GIS map products, as needed by the CZM Program and its partners
- Work with CZM Program manager and Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) partners on mapping related ocean planning efforts and represent Virginia on Non-Consumptive Recreation Action workgroup for Mid-Atlantic Ocean plan
- Serve as CZM project manager for VA CZM grants to update the Coastal VEVA data synthesis and its component datasets and work with VEVA partners on data outreach
- Participate in the Virginia State GIS Users’ Group and keep up-to-date on, or become involved in, other GIS-related developments in Virginia

Coastal GEMS Maintenance: VCU will continue to host, maintain, and update the Coastal GEMS web mapping application. Current Coastal GEMS data layers will be edited or updated as determined by VCU/CZM staff. New Coastal Gems data layers will be added as they are developed through Virginia CZM Program grants or are contributed from a partnering agency or organization.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Nick Meade, 804.698.4297,

Project Status:

10/1/18 - 9/30/19; Project Open

Final Product:


Project Summary:


Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to or

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P.O. Box 1105
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