Beach-Mapping Technology Revamps the Preservation of Coastal Areas

Beach-Mapping TechnologyThe three-year collaborative work between the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Marlan Maritime Technologies has resulted in a well-received commercial license.

The mapping technology, which can analyze beaches and sandbanks without physical contact with the waters, is the hottest coastal mapping solution in the industry today.

The Global Market Demand

Annually, thousands of coastline areas around the world experience receding land mass or rising water levels due to intertidal zones. For businesses and preservation sites, losing ground and not knowing about it is a highly deterrent situation for several reasons.

The Business Insider reports, “As global temperatures continue to rise, ice in the polar regions and glaciers will melt, dumping tons of extra water into the ocean. Warmer water temperatures will also lead the oceans to expand.”

Apart from the expected flooding of areas in proximity to external bodies of water, the threat of rising sea levels includes:

  • Contamination of drinking water as salt water infiltrate freshwater aquifers, dams, and reserves
  • Farming and agricultural overflows due to the salinization of underground water sources and roots
  • Irreversible damage to coastal vegetation and related industry with the decrease of chartable shorelines and productive aquatic zones
  • Destruction of local wildlife habitats located on beaches and sandbanks
  • Overall economic setback in the hospitality, tourism, and agricultural industries
  • The integration of the newly released mapping technology will hopefully provide aquatic observatories around the world with the data needed to sustainably create plans and adapt to the natural progression of land mass reclamation.

Specific Applications

The mapping system will primarily determine how beach sedimentary elements move in response to varying coastal protection measures. It will gauge the effectiveness of the investments circumvented to prolong the coastline properties and also improve the knowledge on termed erosion.

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According to Science Daily, “[The technology] benefit[s] coastal town planning by monitoring areas at greater risk of coastal flooding. Furthermore, the data can provide advance warning of sediment transport into navigation channels allowing more effective use of survey and dredging vessels.”

A Cost-Effective Mapping Tool

Prior to the NOC- Marlan Maritime Technologies system, traditional mapping protocols only used satellites, lasers, cameras, and water-deployed wads. However, satellite-based technologies, apart from being delayed due to orbital differences, provide low-resolution and laser surveys and cameras exclusive only to large facilities due to the upkeep cost.

On the contrary, the new beach-mapping technology uses radars, which enables high-resolution feeds at a lower and sustainable cost.