The need for sustained and integrated high-resolution mapping of dynamic coastal environments

Marine Technology Society Journal
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The evolution of the United States' coastal zone response to both human activities and natural processes is dynamic. Coastal resource and population protection requires understanding, in detail, the processes needed for change as well as the physical setting. Sustained coastal area mapping allows change to be documented and baseline conditions to be established, as well as future behavior to be predicted in conjunction with physical process models. Hyperspectral imagers and airborne lidars, as well as other recent mapping technology advances, allow rapid national scale land use information and high-resolution elevation data collection. Coastal hazard risk evaluation has critical dependence on these rich data sets. A fundamental storm surge model parameter in predicting flooding location, for example, is coastal elevation data, and a foundation in identifying the most vulnerable populations and resources is land use maps. A wealth of information for physical change process study, coastal resource and community management and protection, and coastal area hazard vulnerability determination, is available in a comprehensive national coastal mapping plan designed to take advantage of recent mapping technology progress and data distribution, management, and collection.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The need for sustained and integrated high-resolution mapping of dynamic coastal environments
Series title Marine Technology Society Journal
Volume 40
Issue 4
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher Marine Technology Society
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Description 9 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Marine Technology Society Journal
First page 90
Last page 99
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