US: State and federal scientists are set to begin work next month on a map of California’s 1,200-mile coastline. The map will be prepared with the help of laser beams, computer software and airplanes.
Doug George, a project manager with the state’s Ocean Protection Council, says the images will be so detailed that the new map will identify boulders and telephone poles. The data gathered will be used to track ocean levels, beach erosion and flooding risks.
The USD 3.3 million project will be supervised by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The work is expected to be finished in December, with the images posted on the Internet by next summer.