The Altering Shores

The Altering Shores is work-in-progress about rising waters and the transformation of shorelines, land-use landscapes, and memory. The project bridges the arts and sciences to broaden ways ecological change might be understood in terms of memory, language and the imagination.


The Altering Shores is a work in progress which bridges art and research. The project explores how current uses and legacies of industry, particularly petro-chemical and related transportation industries, become inscribed in the landscape. The project includes stages developed in the US, the UK and elsewhere.


The Altering Shores is unique in creating an interdisciplinary conversation recognized across the arts and sciences through peer-reviewed and invited invitations to conferences of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA), American Anthropological Association (SVA/AAA), Association of American Geographers (AAG), International Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA) and the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), among others. Visual and interactive aspects based on GIS mapping and photography has been recognized through a 2016 SEA(S) International Arts Prize and through selection for international exhibitions such as Placing The Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene at INOVA Milwaukee, the juried exhibition Anthropocene at the University of Ohio, and "Paraules Pixelades" at the Museum Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona, among numerous other invitations.


• View Altered Shorelines PDF

• Read Interview/Review by Chris Mizes

• View Sample of Estuary

• Visit/View The Chemical Map on Google Maps



The Altering Shores is created by Roderick Coover

The database research assistant on Chemical Map is Conor Hafertepe. Student field-research assistants include Julisa Basak, Chad Bevins, Conor Hafertepe, Paul Hinson, Bruce Byker James, Max Marin, Nate Quinn, Nicole Rothschild, Chad Sims

Thanks also to Richard Garella for participation and advice.

The Altering Shorelines was made possible with support from: Temple University Faculty Senate Seed Fund Temple University Vice Provost on the Arts Award Temple University Digital Scholarship Lab Award Temple University Department of Film and Media Arts Temple University Caras Award.


Exploring Expedition of the Delaware Estuary

ESTUARY is a visual and literary project bridging research and art. The project interweaves observations kayaking the Delaware estuary and walking the Kent shore. The results include an artist book, a series of large photographic prints for exhibition, and a Webwork.


Delaware River Estuary and Environs

THE CHEMICAL MAP is a visual research project. A map depicts over 200 industrial and petro-chemical sites as well as cleanup sites and brownfields along the shores of the Delaware River and in adjacent low-lying areas. The map is presented in book and print form. It is also presented in web formats including via open source using Leaflet.