The Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS) is CZM's official data portal. MORIS allows users to create customized maps with a variety of data layers related to the Massachusetts coastal zone and nearshore ocean, including tide gauge stations, marine protected areas, coastal access points, eelgrass beds, Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan data, and many others. In addition to making maps, MORIS users can share and print maps, download Geographic Information System (GIS) data, explore topic-specific online viewers and story maps, and find links to other mapping and coastal data resources. While geared toward coastal management professionals, MORIS can be used by anyone interested in these data and maps.
Newest MORIS Version Released in October 2022
The latest version of MORIS was launched in October 2022. One major new MORIS upgrade is the ability to directly access data from other online web services. For example, MORIS now displays Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) data directly from FEMA—so any FEMA changes to those data are seen in MORIS in real time. With this upgrade, MORIS now provides access to many more data layers, greatly adding to its utility.
The technology underlying this version of MORIS is Esri’s ArcGIS Hub, which is a configurable community engagement platform designed to help groups such as government agencies, nonprofits, and academia organize and serve geospatial data. MORIS also leverages ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS for interactive mapping, analysis, and data sharing.
Use & Attribution
Public domain data developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management as the source of these data. You are not permitted to use CZM's name or to suggest that CZM endorses your project or product without express written consent from CZM. Data developed by other organizations should be attributed appropriately according to their license and use requirements.
While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, CZM cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by any inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers. The user must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of these data with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to these data.