COASTAL PROCESSES FROM SPACE PHOTOGRAPHY

Maynard M. Nichols

Abstract


Photographs taken from space provide a new source of data concerning coastal processes By utilizing the high vantage point and broad view orbiting space cameras can record little known large-scale processes at short time intervals Major outflow plumes, fresh-salt water "fronts", turbidity maxima and massive effluents are among the wide range of features displayed It is shown from selected examples how coastal processes can be evaluated from space photography and how the information may be of use for solving certain problems as a supplement to field and other remote sensing data By 1972 satellite photography will be available on a routine basis for many coasts of the world Engineers are urged to consider the potential for improving their information which space photography has to offer.

Keywords


coastal processes; space photography; photography

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