Norway: Blom has signed a framework agreement for a survey related to the mapping and monitoring of coastal stretches in Brittany, France, required by the French Marine Protected Areas Agency and the Marine Natural Park of Iroise. The framework agreement has a total value of NOK 11 million. The contract is important for the Litto3D project which will be completed by 3rd quarter of 2010.
Litto3D, a SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy) and IGN (National Geographic Institute) programme, aims to produce a seamless Digital Terrain Model of the entire French coast (more than 5.500 km length), which will be the core of all integrated coastal management projects. Litto3D is required for a large number of usage areas, such as public maritime delimitation, littoral protection (change of coastline due to erosion, fauna and flora protection), risks prevention (floods, pollution, safety at sea, natural disasters), regional development (ports, tourism and industry), mineral and living resources concern, research and scientific studies, military needs (inshore patrol, search and rescue, amphibious operation, mine warfare).
Blom is able to provide a complete airborne solution for coastal management by combining a bathymetric laser scanning with hyperspectral scanning.