EAARL topography: Cape Cod National Seashore

Open-File Report 2007-1375
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This Web site contains 90 Lidar-derived bare earth topography maps and GIS files for the Cape Cod National Seashore.

These Lidar-derived topography maps were produced as a collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Florida Integrated Science Center (FISC) St. Petersburg, Florida, the National Park Service (NPS), Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network, Inventory and Monitoring Program, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility. One objective of this research is to create techniques to survey coral reefs and barrier islands for the purposes of geomorphic change studies, habitat mapping, ecological monitoring, change detection, and event assessment. As part of this project, data from an innovative instrument under development at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, the NASA Experimental Airborne Advanced Research Lidar (EAARL) are being used. This sensor has the potential to make significant contributions in this realm for measuring subaerial and submarine topography wthin cross-environment surveys. High spectral resolution, water-column correction, and low costs were found to be key factors in providing accurate and affordable imagery to coastal resource managers.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title EAARL topography: Cape Cod National Seashore
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2007-1375
DOI 10.3133/ofr20071375
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Description HTML Document
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Other Geospatial Cape Cod National Seashore
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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