Lidar-Derived Waterway Data Reveals Runoff Threats

The Takeaway: Digital Coast data were used to create high-resolution waterway maps.

Outdated, inaccurate maps made it difficult for people in American Samoa to locate waterway runoff and sediment areas that can imperil coastal and coral reef health. A project to extract information from Digital Coast lidar has given this U.S. territory much-needed data with high-resolution waterway (hydrographic) information and maps. Coastal researchers and managers use the data to identify runoff-plagued streams and lakes that could threaten marine life. The data set also includes the official NOAA coastline for American Samoa, which is key to creating other mapping uses. (2016)

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Partners: American Samoa Department of Commerce, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, U.S. Geological Survey