Coastal Change Analysis Project

Project Description
The Coastal Change Analysis Program is designed to monitor change in
terrestrial land cover and nearshore benthic resources within coastal
environments of the United States including the Atlantic, Pacific, and
Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, and all
U.S. Territories and possessions. C-CAP classifies types of land
cover, analyzes and monitors changes in coastal submerged habitats,
wetland habitats, and adjacent uplands using remote sensing techniques
(satellite imagery and aerial photography). Through this analysis,
scientists can correlate the changes in terrestrial regions with those
in coastal aquatic habitats, and with changes in the distribution,
abundance, and health of living marine resources. The program is
managed through the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charleston, South
Carolina, in coordination with the National Marine Fisheries Service
Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina, and with technical support
from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.