Using current and historical aerial photography and sophisticated
computer software, the Division of Coastal Management evaluates erosion rates about every
five years. The small-scale maps below can provide information about oceanfront erosion
rates for every section of the North Carolina coast, from the South Carolina border to the
Virginia border. They are based on aerial photographs taken in 1992.
updated erosion rates based on 1998 aerial photography are available here.
NOTE: Because of their small size, these maps should not be used to
determine the exact erosion rate at a specific property, but they can provide a general
picture of long-term shoreline changes. To find out the erosion rate for a specific area
of the coast, contact the Coastal Management office nearest you.
Erosion rates through 1992 (PDF files 600dpi ~ 460Kb each; require Adobe Acrobat