To properly manage our nation's coastal resources, we must
first understand the coastal zone. Accurate beach surveying is
an important component of management, but this basic surveying
information can be difficult to obtain. Shorelines are constantly
changing in response to wind, waves, hurricanes, beach nourishment,
and development. Beach survey data must be accurate and easy to update,
because this information is what many states use to both determine where
development can take place and assess post-storm damages.
The goal of NOAA's Coastal Services Center is to bring new
technology to coastal zone managers. "New Technologies for
Coastal Mapping" was developed by the Coastal Remote Sensing
Program of NOAA's Coastal Services Center. The Center is adapting
technology developed by NASA to map polar ice caps to benefit coastal
zone managers. NASA remote sensing systems can greatly enhance
the amount of data available to coastal managers to assess current
beaches and shorelines. This information is highly accurate, cost
effective, and soon will be widely available. Product developers
at the Center are adapting this technology to many other uses, such
as mapping buildings, erosion control structures, piers, and roads.
Aircraft laser beach mapping and
satellite hurricane observations
are the two primary remote sensing applications profiled in this
CD. These technologies provide data regarding
high resolution coastal topography,
ocean turbidity, and
Educational information and satellite imagery
depicting hurricanes that hit the eastern seaboard and Gulf
of Mexico in the past decade are also included.
This CD illustrates an important role that remote sensing can play for coastal zone managers. These professionals are encouraged to contact the Coastal Services Center to investigate partnering in this coastal mapping effort. The Center is soliciting reactions from coastal states regarding both use of this data and the Center's coastal remote sensing efforts.