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Beach Mapping Information Request

Please answer the following questions by printing out this information request, completing the request form, and faxing or mailing the completed request form using the information provided at the end of this page.

1) Using present procedures, what is your current cost for beach surveying? If possible, please provide your answer in terms of:

  1. Dollars per mile of beach for an individual survey:

  2. Cost per transect:

  3. Total cost to survey all standard transects:

  4. Total agency cost per year for all beach surveying activities:

2) What coastal management objectives drive your efforts to monitor the status of beaches?

3) Does your agency re-visit established beach profiling lines, and if so:

  1. How are these standard line locations chosen?

  2. How often are these lines re-surveyed?

  3. How long does it take for survey data to become available, either as point elevations or in a published transect or map?

4) Describe the surveying procedures by which your agency acquires beach topographic data at the present time?

5) Describe the ways in which your agency analyzes beach survey data, including:

  1. Quality control procedures?

  2. Mapping or geographic information system (GIS) software utilized?

  3. The resulting data products, including the map projection, datum, or coordinate system?

6) Is your agency equipped to handle digital cartographic or image data?

7) What mapping, GIS, or image processing software does your agency possess?

8) List the computer hardware used by your agency to run mapping, GIS, or image processing software.

9) The NOAA Coastal Services Center is collaborating with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility to collect sub-meter resolution beach elevation data at vertical accuracies better than 10 centimeters.

  1. Is aircraft LIDAR beach surveying of interest to your agency?

  2. At what coastal locations would overflights be most useful?

  3. At what times during the year, and how often, would you like to see aircraft laser data be collected over your coastal region(s) of interest?

  4. What types of data products based on aircraft laser surveys would be most useful?

  5. Would you consider cooperating with the NOAA Coastal Services Center to arrange ground surveys of beaches that coincide with aircraft laser overflights?

10) If maps depicting data products based on aircraft topographic laser surveys were to be conducted for your coastal region(s) of interest:

  1. What map projection, scale, and horizontal datum should be used?

  2. What information, in addition to the topographic data, should be included on these maps?

  3. Would you be willing to provide your agency's ground survey data to be used in the construction of data products?

11) If you would like to be included on the NOAA CSC beachmapping mailing list for status updates, news on project plans and recent results, and notification of the release of data products, please provide the following information:

Point of Contact: Coastal Remote Sensing Program

Phone: 803-974-6262

Fax: 803-974-6312



NOAA Coastal Services Center
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413

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