North Carolina Land of Water


The North Carolina Land of Water (NC LOW) is a 501(c)(3) corporation organized to promote long-term sustainable economic development in the outer coastal plain of North Carolina focused on the region’s natural resources and cultural history. Its goals are to

(1) facilitate integration of NC LOW communities through collaboration among the region’s residents, leaders, and businesses to develop and promote resource-based business initiatives;

(2) expand natural resource and cultural history related educational services for K-16 institutions, adult education, and educational tourism opportunities; and

(3) pursue scientific efforts to understand and articulate the natural resource dynamics of the North Carolina coastal system.

The NC Coastal Atlas provides a collection of data layers and thematic maps relevant to this effort, including paddle trails and access points, marinas, hiking and biking trails, historical sites, and sailing and windsurfing locations in the region. The summary list below contains links to thematic maps and individual layers. In addition, each layer developed by the Atlas in support of NC LOW is tagged with a searchable keyword, “NCLOW”.

Featured Story Maps

Two interactive digital story maps were compiled by East Carolina University students in support of NC LOW efforts to engage coastal communities and capitalize on data and assets added to the NC Coastal Atlas.  The "Scuppernong Story" recounts the history, cultural and natural resources assets of the Scuppernong River area and historic town of Columbia, NC.   The NC Coastal Wind Atlas presents interactive monthly climatology on coastal winds spanning 2009-2012 from the NC Climate Retrieval and Observations Network (NCCRONOS) in support of potential sailing and related wind recreation.  This map includes interactive, station-specific wind roses and interpolated maps of wind speeds and average directions for each month April-October.
The Scuppernong Story is the natural and cultural history of a dynamic landscape, its complex and highly diverse ecosystems, and the human inhabitants who were thrust onto a stage of dramatic environmental change and evolution.
A North Carolina coastal wind climatology spanning the years 2009-2012 is presented. 17 stations from the North Carolina Climate Retrieval and Observations Network of The Southeast Database (NCCRONOS) were used to calculate monthly average wind statistics, generate station specific wind roses, and create directional interpolation maps.

NCLOW Maps and Layers