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COASTAL Briefing

NGS Convocation

October 27, 2005

Galen A. Scott


A new NGS Team to formalize a relationship with CO-OPS that has been project based for many years.

  • CO-OPS:

  • Non-navigational applications of tides, water levels and tidal datums

  • NGS:

  • Land side elevations to give local context for water levels

  • Issues addressed:

    • Tidal salt marsh restoration

    • Storm surge warnings

    • Sea level rise modeling

  • Mechanism for:

    • Partnerships

    • Technology Transfer

    • Education and Outreach

    • Developing New Products and Services

Elevation as a Performance Measure for Marsh Restoration

NOAA has several publications on achieving successful restoration projects.

NGS COASTAL will provide tools and guidance for collecting and using elevation data as a quantitative performance metric.

COASTAL - Partners

  • Partners - NOAA

  • Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)

  • Office of Response and Restoration (ORR)

  • Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)

  • National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS)

  • National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)

  • Office of Coast Survey/Coast Survey Development Lab (CSDL)

  • Coastal Services Center (CSC)

  • Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO)

  • National Marine Fisheries Service/Restoration Center (RC)

  • National Weather Service (NWS)

  • Partners - External

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore (NAIB)

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

  • Maryland Port Administration (MPA)

  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

  • St. Charles Parish Government (SCP)

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF)

  • University of Southern Mississippi (USM)

  • California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

  • San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)

COASTAL - Projects

  • Southeast

  • North Carolina Sea Level Project – Bathy/Topo Inundation Map (linkage to CCSP Sea Level Rise Deliverable (Climate))

  • Coastal Storms Program

  • Gulf of Mexico

  • Mississippi/Alabama OCRM Partnership

    • Grand Bay Reserve

    • Weeks Bay Reserve

    • Ocean Springs, MS & Larger MS Effort w/ USM

    • USACE Mobile District

    • Gulf Coast Approach w/ OCRM & CSC

  • St. Charles Parish Water Level Monitoring System

  • Calcasieu Pass

  • Atchafalaya Delta Project – NMFS & DWF - IOOS

  • California

  • Suisun Marsh Restoration

  • South San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds

  • Elkhorn Slough

  • Coastal Storms Program

  • Pacific Northwest

  • Coos Bay, South Slough Reserve, OR

  • Maine

  • Wells Reserve

  • Addison Wetland Restoration

  • Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva Peninsula

  • Fort McHenry Wetland Restoration

  • Barren Island Wetland Restoration

  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Wetland Restoration

  • Eastern Neck NWR Wetland Restoration

  • Chalk Point Restoration/Mitigation

  • Lewes, DE Shoreline-Bathy/Topo Inundation Mapping

  • Ocean City/Snow Hill, MD Shoreline-Bathy/Topo Inundation Mapping

  • Chesapeake Bay Shoreline-Bathy/Topo Inundation Mapping

  • Bishops Head Point/MEMA

    • NWS Chesapeake Bay Requirements

NGS Height Modernization

Long-Term Station in Ocean Springs, MS

  • “The partnership between the University of Southern Mississippi and NOAA is a great example of a proactive measure in monitoring storm surges in the Gulf of Mexico. Storm surge monitoring is a critical safety issue for the residents of South Mississippi.”

    • - Trent Lott

Ngs coastal plan

  • Develop and test custom GIS application to combine digital elevation models with water level data to predict ranges of marsh plant species.

  • Carry out research on the best combination of elevation data collection techniques for marsh restoration

    • Laser leveling, GPS, 3D laser scanning

  • Write guidelines for collecting elevation data and monitoring it as criteria for success in restoration projects

  • Bring private sector, universities, NGOs together to provide training while collecting real data.

Maptite 1 0 what is it
MAPTITE 1.0 - What is it?

A script run from ArcToolbox to automate the process of connecting tidal datums and land elevations to produce planting zones.

MAPTITE - Output


Automated GIS Tool to Estimate Marsh Grass Planting Zones

VADM Lautenbacher Visits the Fort McHenry Restoration Site - TWICE

Re-engineering of the Wetlands - 2004

April 2004

April 2005

  • “The wetlands have never been healthier.”

  • Glen Page

  • Director of Conservation, NAIB

  • April 2005

Stewardship of the Coastal & Ocean Environments

Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere

NOAA Administrator

April 22, 2005

Coastal Ocean Observation System (COOS)

Coastal Observations

  • National Water Level Observing Network

  • Wave Buoys/Current Meters

    Aerial Survey/LiDAR Mapping

    Digital Elevation Models from Global Positioning System and LiDAR

Marsh Restoration,

Barren Island MD

Conserve and Restore Coastal Habitat

  • Administration’s Wetlands Initiative

    • Through the combined efforts of NOAA and partner Federal agencies will create, improve, and protect at least 3 million wetland acres over the next 5 years

  • Fostering Local Restoration Projects

    • Locally led coastal habitat restoration projects are flourishing all across the country. The Administration encourages successful community-based approaches and management techniques to protect coastal habitat

Blackwater NWR Height Mod Survey

Four NOAA Tide Gauges:

  • Cambridge

  • Beaver Dam

  • Bishop’s Head

  • McCready’s Creek

Four USGS Water Level Gages:

  • Parson’s Creek

  • Goose Dam

  • Footbridge

  • Edgar’s Farm

(Control installed for future gage)

Over 60 SETs “Mud Tide Gages”

throughout the Refuge

Where does coastal fit at ngs
Where does COASTAL fit at NGS?

  • Spearhead development of new tools for combining water level data and land elevations – i.e.. MAPTITE

  • Build capacity for accurate positioning among coastal managers through trainings on connecting tidal and geodetic datums.

  • Engage students through NOAA’s B-WET program and foster interest in emerging high-growth fields of geospatial technologies

Where does coastal fit at ngs1

  • Demonstrate Height Modernization’s value to integrating ecosystem observations systems

  • Support CORS Enhancement through marketing of OPUS suite to coastal managers and restoration practitioners

  • Develop new guidelines and specifications for gathering elevation data to support habitat restoration

Where does COASTAL fit at NGS?

Questions or Comments?


Galen Scott


[email protected]

(301) 713-3198 x 131