Decision Support for Coastal Science and Management


Decision Support for Coastal Science and Management

The Decision Support for Coastal Science and Management project, sponsored by the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) is supporting the creation of new capabilities for the synoptic remote sensing of coastal-marine and terrestrial environments based on aircraft and satellite sensors. These coastal remote-sensing, mapping, and point-monitoring tools constitute a unique integrated package of instrumentation and software that may be deployed in support of appropriately timed and scaled zoning decisions by management authorities in order to conserve and sensibly exploit nearshore coastal and marine ecosystems.

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Technology

Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL) imageEAARL Sensor - The Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL) is an airborne lidar system that provides unique capabilities to survey coral reefs, nearshore benthic habitats, coastal vegetation, and sandy beaches. Read more
 Airborne Lidar Processing System (ALPS) imageALPS Software – The Airborne Lidar Processing System (ALPS) software, developed in an open-source programming environment on a Linux platform, enables the exploration and processing of data acquired by the EAARL system in an interactive or batch mode. Read more
Along Track Reef Imaging System (ATRIS) Sensor imageATRIS Sensor – The Along Track Reef Imaging System (ATRIS) is a boat-mounted instrument that acquires continuous, georeferenced, digital-still images of shallow-marine substrates. Read more
ADAPT Software imageADAPT software – The ATRIS Data Analysis and Processing Tool (ADAPT) is a custom software package designed to complement the ATRIS system. ADAPT’s graphical user interface (GUI) provides easy access to the imagery and associated data collected on an ATRIS mission. Read more

Mapping

Lidar Topography Mapping imageLidar Topography Mapping in NPS Parks – Lidar data acquired by the USGS in collaboration with NPS are being used to inventory and monitor marine benthic communities, barrier island geomorphology and vegetated habitats along coastlines for National Parks. Read more
Lidar-based volumetric change analysis imageBarrier Island Volumetric Change Analysis – Lidar-based volumetric change analysis along barrier islands provides a valuable tool in quantifying morphologic change following major storm events. Read more
Vegetation Metrics imageLidar-based vegetation metrics – As a full-waveform digitizing lidar, the small-footprint EAARL waveforms can be used to generate accurate estimates of vertical canopy structure in coastal vegetation communities. Read more
Lidar-based vegetation DelineationVegetation Delineation – Lidar-based vegetation metrics at 5-m-resolution of bare-Earth (BE), canopy heights (CH), canopy-reflection ratio (CRR), and height of median energy (HOME) were used as input to a model-based approach to delineate coastal vegetation communities. Read more

use of aircraft lidar and multi-spectral imagingCoral reef applications – Special emphasis has been placed on the use of aircraft lidar and multi-spectral imaging to map coral reef ecosystem geomorphology, topographic roughness, and habitats at spatial scales finer than 2 meters. Read more

NPS Benthic Mapping Protocol imageNPS Benthic Mapping Protocol Development – The USGS is collaborating with NPS to develop a benthic mapping protocol for the inventory and mapping of the benthic resources associated with each coastal park unit. Read more

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Data Products

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Meetings & Workshops

DSCSM Project Meeting, Assateague Island, MD, June 15-17, 2010

ALPS Training Workshop, Silver Springs, MD, Ocotober 26-30, 2009

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Recent Publications

Manuscripts:

EAARL: An Airborne LiDAR System for Mapping Coastal and Riverine Environments

Small-footprint, waveform-resolving lidar estimation of submerged and sub-canopy topography in coastal environments

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Data Series:

EAARL coastal topography–eastern Florida, post-Hurricane Frances, 2004: bare earth

EAARL coastal topography–eastern Florida, post-Hurricane Frances, 2004: first surface

EAARL Coastal Topography-Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey and New York, 2009

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Open-File Reports:

Geomorphology and depositional subenvironments of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Perdido Key and Santa Rosa Island, Florida

USGS-NPS Servicewide Benthic Mapping Program (SBMP) Workshop Report

Geomorphology and depositional subenvironments of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi

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The Decision Support for Coastal Science and Management Project is sponsored by
the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP)

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