Integrated Coastal Zone Management

CoastWatch: A Geo-information Service for Europe
An integrated approach towards coastal zone management requires relevant, credible and reliable (geo-)data. However, the legends of geo-information covering coastal zones vary so much between the various European countries that integrated use of the national databases is difficult. The CoastWatch project aims at delivering homogeneous data to support integrated coastal zone management. Many conflicting interests come together in Europe’s coastal zones. The zones house a large part of the population of Europe and form a vital link for transport and trade. These coastal zones also contain some of the most valuable habitats and landscapes and are the favoured destination for... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

100-year Flood Zone Mapped

Esri has created a map showing parishes within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 100-year flood zone in Louisiana (USA). FEMA is a government body supporting citizens and first responders in case of disasters and hazards. The map shows flood impact and adds more data. The flood area is displayed and when clicking on the parishes, a graph with demographics and the spread of the population over various age groups will be shown. Images, videos and tweets can be displayed using the ‘social' button. Another map shows the latest developments and anticipation on floods and there are links to various... (read more)
2011-05-17 09:04:25

Integrated Coastal Management Act

Surveying Challenges in the South African Coastal Zone
Since time immemorial the seashore has played an evolving but important role in society. In South Africa, the interface between rights in the land and the seashore has been the high water mark (HWM). The Seashore Act No 21 of 1935 (SSA) and the Maritime Zones Act No 15 of 1994 (MZA) governed the extent of these rights. Environmental concern, increasing risks in coastal areas, and the need to approach the management of coastal land and sea in a more holistic manner, has led to the Integrated Coastal Management Act No 24 of 2008 (ICMA), which largely replaces the SSA.... (read more)
2011-09-09 02:15:05

Multi-sensor Coastal Mapping

Integrating Active and Passive Sensors Provides Major Gains
Fugro has tested a multi-sensor approach to balance growing data needs with limited agency budgets. Coastal mapping programmes are quickly becoming a priority for government agencies across the globe. The desire to better define and understand the land/sea interface is based on several interrelated factors, including sea-level rise and its impacts on coastal populations, the growth of and reliance on a blue economy, and the need to maintain critical nearshore habitats in the midst of a changing landscape.  (By José Martínez Díaz and Don Ventura, Fugro USA) In support of its hydrographic charting programme, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency... (read more)
2016-12-13 09:47:02

Telcontar Launches the Telcontar Developer Zone

Telcontar (CA, USA) has announced the Telcontar Developer Zone, an online service that enables prototyping and development of location-enabled applications. The service allows access to software, sample code, documentation and various tools, including use of map data from leading vendors. Developers can now write applications that make LBS queries to a shared Drill Down Server (DDS), Telcontar’s geospatial software platform, via the Internet. Using Telcontar’s recently released standards-compliant Web Services Application Programming Interface (WSAPI), Telcontar Developer Zone participants can focus their resources on developing advanced location-based applications, without having to install geospatial servers or software and acquire map or points... (read more)
2005-06-29 12:00:00

Coastal Approach to Open Architecture

The Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) at University College Cork, Ireland, carries out multidisciplinary research primarily aimed at contributing to the scientific understanding of coastal and marine environments and their management. CMRC conducts basic and applied research in local, national and international projects relating to four niche areas: Marine Geomatics, Coastal Processes and Seabed Mapping, Marine Mammal and Seabird Studies and Coastal Governance. CMRC researchers come from a range of backgrounds including geography, geology, information technology and biology. Broadening Innovative Research Knowledge and information management relating to the coastal environment has been a core activity at CMRC since it... (read more)
2007-10-16 12:00:00

Data Integration for Coastal Surveying

Combining Laser Scanner and Bathymetric Sensor
When surveying the coastline, the integration of bathymetric (below sea level) and laser scanning (above sea level) data causes problems due to the different imaging properties. However, by ensuring that the different data sets have been accurately georeferenced and oriented, a complete and accurate model of the terrain above and below sea level can be obtained. This technique was employed to survey the area of Portovenere in Italy, including the San Pietro church located on a steeply sloping rocky promontory, with positional accuracies in the order of 5cm. View Larger Map   One of the biggest issues in coastline survey... (read more)
2009-03-03 12:00:00

DHV to Develop Coastal City in China

The engineering consultancy DHV (Netherlands) has been commissioned, together with the Chinese planning institute Qinghua and the Arup consultancy from the UK, to carry out a prestigious coastal and urban development project in China. The coastal city is to be built on an area of 150 km² and will soon have to provide space for one million inhabitants. The engineering consultancy DHV (Netherlands) has been commissioned, together with the Chinese planning institute Qinghua and the Arup consultancy from the UK, to carry out a prestigious coastal and urban development project in China. The coastal city is to be built on... (read more)
2008-04-23 09:17:46

Monitoring Coastal Erosion with UAV Lidar

Comprehensive Surveying of Coastal Topography
The French Mediterranean coast is a complex natural environment where geology, climate and the sea interact and continuously reshape the landscape. Erosion and the availability of drinking water are two major coastal management issues that necessitate precise monitoring of the morphological changes to the shoreline. UAV Lidar is being used in this region to produce comprehensive topographic surveys with unprecedented productivity and level of detail. Several Lidar surveys are planned over the next two years. Read on for details of the context, technical setup and results of the very first survey which took place in January 2018. In the relatively... (read more)
2018-03-15 11:10:02
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