Shoreline Management


Survey and Monitoring

Surveys can give us information about a specific feature at a point in time. Monitoring repeats these surveys and looks at the differences between the surveys.

Monitoring of coastal processes and coastal change is an essential task to undertake if we are to understand how our coastal systems work and are inter-linked. This allows us to identify the source, pathway and receptors of the coastal processes. If we can understand the system then we can begin to predict possible future changes and manage the coast to accomodate them.

Many different methods of survey are used to asses the variety of processes and changes. These range from aerial photography, lidar surveys and satellite images to profile lines, foredune surveys and sediment sampling. Indiviually each of these survey methods have a limited value but by combining them with each other and subsequent surveys much more information and value can be extracted.