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Coastal Zone Soil Survey Team


Since the 1990s, soil survey mapping and data collection have been improving the soil survey along the coastal zone from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. This includes the dunes, marshes, beaches, and shallow sub-tidal soils in coastal lagoons, bays, and inlets. Coastal zone soil surveys are now available in Web Soil Survey for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. The NCSS is expanding this work throughout the coastal U.S. with Massachusetts and New York scheduled to be the next survey areas added.

For more information, please visit coastal zone soil surveys.

Coastal Zone Mapping photo.


George Demas was a pedologist whose pioneering studies of subaqueous soil contributed to the understanding of soil formation and the expansion of the concept of soil.

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  • Coordinate coastal zone mapping activities across division (procedures, equipment, safety)
  • Identify training needs
  • Identify needs to update standards – propose solutions
  • Identify needs to update taxonomy – propose solutions
  • Assemble existing data
  • Identify gaps
  • Work with BOA and MGT to provide guidance on priority areas
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The Coastal Zone Soil Survey Team meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST.

  • Call: 888-844-9904
  • Access number: 6448763#

Bi-weekly meeting minutes are available via CloudVault at

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Coastal Zone Soil Survey Fact Sheet (PDF; 3.09 MB)

2018 Coastal Zone Soil Survey Planning Workshop

Coastal Zone Soil Survey Story Map

Coastal Zone Soil Survey Project Interactive Map

National Soil Survey Handbook Part 656 – Coastal Zone Soil Survey

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Map showing Coastal Zone Soil Survey Projects.

Coastal Zone Soil Survey Sub-Team button. Topo Bathymetric LiDAR
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Fiscal Year 2022
 •  FY2022 Report (PDF; 16.6 MB)

Fiscal Year 2021
 •  FY2021 Report (PDF; 3.06 MB)

Fiscal Year 2020
 •  FY2020 Report (PDF; 4.04 MB)

Fiscal Year 2019
 •  FY2019 Report (PDF; 3.5 MB)

Fiscal Year 2018

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Rob Tunstead, Senior Regional Soil Scientist, Raleigh, North Carolina

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  • Jared Cianciolo, Soil Scientist, Loxley, Alabama
  • Joshua Dera, Soil Scientist, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
  • Adam DeWolfe, Hammonton, New Jersey
  • Jonathan Diaz Cruz, Soil Scientist, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Matt Dorman, GIS Specialist, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Martin Figueroa, Soil Scientist, North Fort Myers, Florida
  • Lori Gorczynski, Soil Scientist, Richmond, Virginia
  • Rachael Heisey, Loxley, Alabama
  • Edwin Irizarry, Soil Scientist (pathways), Hammonton, New Jersey
  • Jacob Isleib, Soil Scientist, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Stacey Kloesel, Soil Scientist, Rosenberg, Texas
  • Chris Lee, Physical Science Technician, KSSL, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Chris Macke, Soil Scientist, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Shawn McVey, Natural Resources Specialist, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Steve Monteith, Supervisory Soil Scientist, NSSC, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Christopher Moritz, Soil Scientist, Richmond, Virginia
  • Cooper Nichols, Soil Survey Office Leader, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Andy Paolucci, Soil Scientist, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Donald Parizek, MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Evan (Cedric) Park, Soil Scientist, Frederick, Maryland
  • Maggie Payne, State Soil Scientist, West Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Samuel Rios, Soil Survey Office Leader, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Abdiel Santana, Soil Scientist, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Dean Shields, Soil Survey Office Leader, Richmond, Virginia
  • David Steinmann, Soil Scientist, Hammonton, New Jersey
  • Charles Stemmans, Ecological Site Inventory Specialist, Opelousas, Louisiana
  • Debbie Surabian, State Soil Scientist, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Greg Taylor, Senior Soil Scientist for Special Projects, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jim Turenne, Assistant State Soil Scientist, Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Milton Vega, Soil Scientist, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Geraldine Vega Pizarro, Soil Scientist, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Joxelle Velazquez-Garcia, Soil Scientist, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Kristina Wiley, Editor, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Rueben Wilson, Soil Scientist, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Dan Wing, Senior Regional Soil Scientist, St. Paul, Minnesota