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Hi,

I was wondering how one goes about importing a coastline from NGDC. I found a page that suggests one can use files from their coastline extractor, but must they first be converted to the native SMS cst format or is there a way to use them directly?

Thanks

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You could use the Arc/Info Ungenerate file to create a CAD or shp file that SMS could read in, or convert it to the cst file format as you have suggested.

I have submitted a request to make this an easier process in future versions of SMS.

- John

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Hi,

If you write out the Arc/Info Ungenerate file, it only needs three added header lines to make it read into SMS.

These lines are:

COAST

ARCINFO

#segments

Where #segments is the number of segments in the file. You can get this number by scrolling to the bottom of the file and seeing the last number associated with a segment of coastline.

Hi,

I was wondering how one goes about importing a coastline from NGDC. I found a page that suggests one can use files from their coastline extractor, but must they first be converted to the native SMS cst format or is there a way to use them directly?

Thanks

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