US: Photo Science, a Quantum Spatial company, has been awarded a multi-million dollar, 5-year, Indefinite Delivery Contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with shoreline mapping services. The contract is in support of the National Geodetic Survey’s (NGS) Coastal Mapping Programme, Aeronautical Survey Programme, and Vertical Datum update (GRAV-D). 52 %of the Nation's total population lives in coastal watershed counties. Most of these coastal populations reside within 10 meters of elevation of existing sea levels. Recent events such as Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene have highlighted the importance of accurate elevation and charting data to ensure responsible Coastal Zone Management. The mapping programme allows NOAA to monitor changes to our coasts with greater accuracy and consistency while also providing data to meet broader stakeholder requirements.
“We are honored to continue to be a part of this important programme. Topo/Bathy LiDAR provides the accurate elevation framework and scientific knowledge needed for coastal zone management decision-making. LiDAR data is essential to responding to nationwide environmental concerns associated with shoreline erosion, flood inundation, and ecosystem health. The additional applications of coastal LiDAR include nautical charting, aids to navigation, and to provide hydrographic information in waters too shallow and unsafe for survey vessels. With recognition of this need for accurate LiDAR data, we have taken the initiative to improve on our LiDAR services,” said Mike Ritchie, Photo Science’s President.