Common Specifications for Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting

Coastal Lidar Mapping Applications Requirements Workshop

16-17 November 2009, San Antonio, TX

The Coastal Lidar Mapping Applications Requirements Workshop was held on November 16 & 17, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The workshop was sponsored and planned by representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Penn State University, University of Texas, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and supported by the ASPRS/MAPPS 2009 Fall Conference.  The workshop brought together key individuals from the coastal mapping community to focus on application-driven requirements for coastal lidar mapping.  More than thirty participants, representing federal agencies, academia and the private sector were provided opportunities to review findings, identify issues, share expertise, and discuss requirements, best practices, and recommendations for Coastal Hazards, Beach/Shoreline Definition, and Coastal Management.  Working groups continued to build on results of the federal workshop regarding metadata requirements and the proposed metadata template, as well as QA/QC best practices and recommendations.  As an outcome of the meeting the representatives agreed to: refine, distibute and encourage use of the metadata template; add a Coastal Hazards requirements survey type to the Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting Specifications; use a bathymetric lidar specific forum ( to exchange information among workshop participants and the community of practice; communicate results and expand the conversation through a variety of venues; establish subcommittees or action teams to follow-up on recommendations.

Executive Summary 
Meeting Report

Mapping the Zone Presentation - Maidment
2009 Federal Workshop Results - Gonsalves & Macon
Metadata Template

Workshop on Common Specifications for Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting Data

14-15 January 2009, Bay St. Louis, MS

Over 20 participants representing 5 federal agencies with a mandate for ocean and coastal mapping and charting gathered for a workshop on 14-15 January 2009 to begin the development of common standards for airborne coastal mapping and charting data and products.  The workshop was held in Bay St. Louis , MS, and was sponsored by the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) partner agencies (USACE, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office, NOAA) and the USGS Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies.  In preliminary form, the participants agreed that most airborne coastal mapping and charting missions fall within two broad categories, one geared toward regional sediment management, environmental assessment, emergency response, and numerical modeling, and the other towards the production of cartographic elements for nautical charts.  Outcomes of the workshop will include a draft standard for airborne coastal mapping and charting data and a common vernacular for metadata to facilitate data sharing among agencies.  The draft standard and metadata standard will support activities of the Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping and the Committee on Marine Transportation Safety.

Executive Summary
Decisions and Actions
Participant List
Meeting Notes
Specification Matrix
Metadata Template
     - USACE Example
     - USGS Example