A Geospatial Framework for the Coastal Zone: National Needs in Mapping and Charting (January 2004)Report in Brief
High quality maps and charts of the coastal zone are essential for safe navigation, resolving jurisdictional boundaries, developing new policies and programs, and establishing inventories of resources and habitats. With 14 of the country's 20 largest urban corridors along the nation's coastline, coastal mapping and charting should be a priority. This report proposes an integrated and coordinated coastal mapping strategy for the nation, based on a consistent geospatial framework that would be the foundation for all data collection, analyses, and products. It also suggests mechanisms for enhanced communication among the many agencies and entities with mapping and charting responsibilities in the coastal zone in order to minimize redundancy and maximize operational efficiencies.