NEWS AND NOTES SATELLITES EMBARK ON COAST- MAPPIN G MISSION Th e European Space Agency (ESA) has embarked on an ambi- tious ne w project to ma p coastlines fro m space. The CoastChart project , formally started in Sep- tember, aims to produc e by 2006 a specialized system that provides satellite-derived coastal data prod- ucts suitable for operational use by hydrographi c organizations. Accurat e up-to-date marine charts are essential for safe ship- ping navigation and for economic, environmental, and other manage- men t issues in the populou s coastal zones. Ship- and air-based survey- ing campaigns by the various na- tional hydrographic organizations provide maps of the sea as well as th e littoral—the stretch of shore affected by the sea. However, the world has over 530,000 mi of total coastline , and coasts are always Acquire d 24 Fe b 2004 by Envisat's Mediu m Resolution Imaging Spectrom- changing: sand and mu d banks can eter , the most striking feature in this image is th e contrast between the shift hundred s of feet durin g a single deser t areas of Senegal in th e north to the vegetated coastal plains of year.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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