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Remote Sensing Technologies for Coastal Mapping

A one day learning session for federal and provincial scientists and managers on Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications for Mapping and Monitoring the Coast was held on 5 November 2015 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Under the guidance of the RCCOMcc, this session was hosted by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) with support from DFO-Maritimes, EC’s Gulf of Maine Initiative, NS Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and NB Dept. of Environment and Local Government.

The purpose of the learning session was to raise awareness, facilitate knowledge exchange and share experiences in the use of remote sensing technologies and applications particularly related to:
 

  • Coastal flooding

  • Habitat mapping

  • Coastal change detection

  • Coastal infrastructure mapping

 

Remote sensing technologies and applications to be highlighted and discussed during the session included:

 

  • LiDAR

  • Sonar

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite imagery

  • Multi-spectral imagery

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones

The format for the learning session incorporated presentations on specific technologies, their capabilities as well as logistical and cost considerations, case studies on the application of remote sensing data, examples of collaborative initiatives formed to acquire and utilize remote sensing data, and a preliminary discussion on ways to build or enhance future collaboration in the Maritime Provinces. Speakers included government, academic and industry representatives from within the Maritimes as well as speakers from the US Army Corp of Engineers and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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