It might be hard to imagine, but there isn’t a single, high-resolution topographical map of the complete California shoreline generated at the same time using uniform standards. By the end of the year that will have changed.
NOAA will supervise the $3.3 million effort to LiDAR map California’s entire coastline. “We need a better sense of what’s out there. We need a modern map. And with a modern map we’ll have the knowledge to make better decisions,” said Doug George, a project manager with the Ocean Protection Council, a state agency in Oakland that approved $2.75 million toward the project last month.
Complete coverage of the the entire US coastline is soon going to become a reality.