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National Geodetic Survey, 2023: NOAA Coastal Mapping Remote Sensing Data,

Item Identification

Title: NOAA Coastal Mapping Remote Sensing Data
Short Name: NOAA_Coastal_Mapping_Remote_Sensing_Data
Status: In Work
Publication Date: 2015

The Remote Sensing Division is responsible for providing data to support the Coastal Mapping Program, Emergency Response efforts, and the Aeronautical Survey Program through the use of remotely sensed data. NOAA Coastal Mapping Remote Sensing Data includes metric-quality aerial photographs from film and digital cameras, orthomosaics, and Light Detection and Ranging (lidar). The predecessors to the Remote Sensing Division began using single-lens aerial photography in 1943. The single-lens and digital aerial photographs are maintained by the National Geodetic Survey. The applications include shoreline delineation, mapping water depths, topographic mapping, mapping seabed characteristics, locating features or obstructions to ensure the safety of marine and air navigation, and to support NOAA's homeland security and emergency response requirements. Orthomosaics and lidar data sets are available from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management's DigitalCoast. The National Geodetic Survey acquires remotely sensed data in the coastal realm including the Great Lakes and their connecting navigable waterways and select areas to support homeland security and emergency response.


One of the primary missions of the National Ocean Service (NOS) and its predecessor agencies has been to accurately survey the coast of the United States.




Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
NGDA Portfolio Themes
Imagery Theme
NGDA Portfolio Themes
National Geospatial Data Asset
NGDA Portfolio Themes
None Aerial Photography and Shoreline Mapping
None coastal
None Coastal Mapping Program
None coastal survey
None color negative film
None color positive film
None emergency response
None homeland security
None Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping
None lidar
None Light Detection and Ranging
None mean high water
None mean lower low water
None oceans
None ortho
None orthomosaic
None photo
None photograph
None photographs
None photos
None shoreline
None tide
None tide controlled
None tide coordinated
None tide predicted
None vertical aerial photography
None water level

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None coastal regions
None navigable waters
None Territories of the United States
None U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone
None United States

Physical Location

Organization: National Geodetic Survey
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: Continually
Distribution Liability:

Data is provided "as is," without warranty of any kind, either express or implied.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 485000
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NGS Communications and Outreach Branch
Email Address:
Phone: (301) 713-3242
Fax: (301) 713-4172


CC ID: 485002
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NGS Communications and Outreach Branch
Email Address:
Phone: (301) 713-3242
Fax: (301) 713-4172

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 485003
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NGS Communications and Outreach Branch
Email Address:
Phone: (301) 713-3242
Fax: (301) 713-4172

Point of Contact

CC ID: 485001
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NGS Communications and Outreach Branch
Email Address:
Phone: (301) 713-3242
Fax: (301) 713-4172


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 485006
W° Bound: -179.15
E° Bound: 179.61
N° Bound: 71.49
S° Bound: -14.56

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 485005
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1943

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

These remotely sensed data sets were obtained for use by NGS during the course of its development of potential final products to fulfill its statutory mission. Although NGS is making these remotely sensed data sets available to others who may find the data of value, NGS does not warrant, endorse, or recommend the use of these remotely sensed data sets for any given purpose. NGS is providing these data sets "as is," and NGS disclaims any and all warranties, whether expressed or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will NGS be liable to you or any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, or exemplary damages or lost profits resulting from any use or misuse of these remotely sensed data sets.



CC ID: 484996
URL Type:
Online Resource


CC ID: 484997
URL Type:
Online Resource


CC ID: 484998
URL Type:
Online Resource


CC ID: 484999
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 485045
Activity Date/Time: 2015-03-10

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 485044
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05

Converted from FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 39807
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:39807
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 13:07+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2017-04-18
Owner Org: NGS
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2017-04-18
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2018-04-18