NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP): Guidance for Regional Implementation

Dobson, J. E. and Bright, E. A. and Ferguson, R. L. and Field, D. W. and Wood, L. L. and Haddad, K. D. and Iredale, III, H. and Jensen, J. R. and Klemas, V. V. and Orth, R. J. and Thomas, J. P. (1995) NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP): Guidance for Regional Implementation. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 123)

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Coastal Change Analysis Programl (C-CAP) is developing a nationally standardized database on landcover and habitat change in the coastal regions of the United States. C-CAP is part of the Estuarine Habitat Program (EHP) of NOAA's Coastal Ocean Program (COP). C-CAP inventories coastal submersed habitats, wetland habitats, and adjacent uplands and monitors changes in these habitats on a one- to five-year cycle. This type of information and frequency of detection are required to improve scientific understanding of the linkages of coastal and submersed wetland habitats with adjacent uplands and with the distribution, abundance, and health of living marine resources. The monitoring cycle will vary according to the rate and magnitude of change in each geographic region. Satellite imagery (primarily Landsat Thematic Mapper), aerial photography, and field data are interpreted, classified, analyzed, and integrated with other digital data in a geographic information system (GIS). The resulting landcover change databases are disseminated in digital form for use by anyone wishing to conduct geographic analysis in the completed regions. C-CAP spatial information on coastal change will be input to EHP conceptual and predictive models to support coastal resource policy planning and analysis. CCAP products will include 1) spatially registered digital databases and images, 2) tabular summaries by state, county, and hydrologic unit, and 3) documentation. Aggregations to larger areas (representing habitats, wildlife refuges, or management districts) will be provided on a case-by-case basis. Ongoing C-CAP research will continue to explore techniques for remote determination of biomass, productivity, and functional status of wetlands and will evaluate new technologies (e.g. remote sensor systems, global positioning systems, image processing algorithms) as they become available. Selected hardcopy land-cover change maps will be produced at local (1:24,000) to regional scales (1:500,000) for distribution. Digital land-cover change data will be provided to users for the cost of reproduction. Much of the guidance contained in this document was developed through a series of professional workshops and interagency meetings that focused on a) coastal wetlands and uplands; b) coastal submersed habitat including aquatic beds; c) user needs; d) regional issues; e) classification schemes; f) change detection techniques; and g) data quality. Invited participants included technical and regional experts and representatives of key State and Federal organizations. Coastal habitat managers and researchers were given an opportunity for review and comment. This document summarizes C-CAP protocols and procedures that are to be used by scientists throughout the United States to develop consistent and reliable coastal change information for input to the C-CAP nationwide database. It also provides useful guidelines for contributors working on related projects. It is considered a working document subject to periodic review and revision.(PDF file contains 104 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP): Guidance for Regional Implementation
Personal Creator/Author:
Dobson, J. E.
Bright, E. A.
Ferguson, R. L.
Field, D. W.
Wood, L. L.
Haddad, K. D.
Iredale, III, H.
Jensen, J. R.
Klemas, V. V.
Orth, R. J.
Thomas, J. P.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 123
Date: 1995
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 2692
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2009 19:03
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:34

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