Coastal Aerial Photography from the National Ocean Service (NOS) National Geodetic Survey (NGS) available through NOS MapFinder
Entry ID: NOS_MAPFINDER_COASTAL_PHOTO

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Summary
Abstract: Precision aerial photography is collected by the National Ocean
Service (NOS) National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Remote Sensing Division
for the production of coastal survey maps. The georeferenced,
high resolution photographs are used for a variety of geo-positioning
applications, which include delineating the shoreline for Nautical
Chart creation, measuring water depths (photobathymetry), topographic
mapping, mapping seabed characteristics, and locating features or
obstructions to ensure the safety of marine and air navigation. The
photographs have many other uses as well, including coastal
management, waterfront development, natural resource identification,
coastal change analysis, habitat identification, and recreational
planning.

The photographs cover all coastal regions of the US and its
territories, including the Great Lakes. Types of imagery include
natural color, panchromatic, false-color infrared, and black-and-white
(B&W) infrared photography. Photographic prints from about 1945 to the
present are currently available from NGS. Presently there are over
500,000 such photo negatives. The primary aerial photographic product
is a 9x9 inch color photograph which is usually exposed at scales from
1:10,000 to 1:50,000

About 15,000 new photographs are acquired every year. These
photographs are of metric quality for mapping purposes; they overlap
60% along a strip, which allows coverage to be viewed in stereo and
precise photogrammetric measurements to be made in order to locate
features accurately.

Photographic scales and photography repeat cycles vary depending on the
survey requirements and the amount of change caused by cultural or
natural forces.

The online NOS MapFinder was used to access the photos. The
MapFinder contains a complete index of about 41,000 aerial photographs
taken since 1990. In the future, the index will include photos taken
prior to 1990 and will be added to MapFinder in reverse chronological
order. About 10,000 on-line photographs will be added to NOS
MapFinder every year. MapFinder images are scanned directly from the
photographic negatives at 100 dots per inch.

On September 2, 2004, NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) retired its MapFinder Web site after seven years online. The National Ocean Service (NOS) MapFinder Web site has been retired and replaced by the Data Explorer Web site at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/dataexplorer/.

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Geographic Coverage
 N: 49.0 S: 26.0  E: -67.0  W: -125.0
 N: 72.0 S: 54.0  E: -130.0  W: 173.0
 N: 23.0 S: 18.0  E: -154.0  W: -161.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1945-01-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > ALASKA > ALASKA


Science Keywords
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >INFRASTRUCTURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BARRIER ISLANDS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BEACHES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >DELTAS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >DUNES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >ESTUARIES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >INLETS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >LAGOONS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >MARSHES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >ROCKY COASTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SHOALS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >COASTAL HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >ESTUARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >ESTUARINE WETLANDS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARINE    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >ESTUARINE WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARINE
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Platform
Aircraft    [Information]


Instrument
Cameras    [Information]


Keywords
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAMMETRY


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
NOAA/NOS/NGS


Data Center
National Geodetic Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: INFORMATION SERVICES BRANCH NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY
Phone: 301-713-3242
Fax: 301-713-4172
Email: ngs.infocenter at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
National Geodetic Survey, NOAA
Information Services Branch
1315 East-West Highway
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910-3282
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Online
Distribution_Format: GIF


Personnel
GREGORY L. FROMM
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 301-713-2668
Email: gfromm at ngs.noaa.gov
Contact Address:
Remote Sensing Division
National Geodetic Survey
1315 East-West Highway
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910-3282
Country: USA


MELANIE F. MEAUX
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov



Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-21

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