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Copernicus Sentinel-1 supports detection of shoreline positions

09 May 2019

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Remote sensing and satellite imagery have become common use in monitoring and modelling of various biological and physical characteristics of Earth - now Copernicus Sentinel-1 is giving a new approach for monitoring the evolution of shorelines.

A shoreline is the junction between water and land, which can range from rocky shores to long, flat, sandy beaches. The monitoring of coastal environments and the tracking of their evolution provide fundamental information to policy and decision-makers on local, regional, national and intra-national levels.

The examination of shoreline trends is widely used in both coastal and flood risk management and represents a major factor when accounting for or assessing beach health. Coastal maps and beach surveys are common data sources used to monitor coastal areas, along with aerial photographs, remote sensing techniques and video imaging systems.

Source: Sentinel Online

Image credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017) processed by Deltares - Comparison of shoreline detection

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