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New aerial images of Ga. coast collected, helps planners and scientists

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(Source: Georgia Wildlife Resource's Division) (Source: Georgia Wildlife Resource's Division)

Several local and federal agencies team up to provide aerial images of coastal Georgia, helping planners and scientists.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, coastal counties and local and federal agencies have produced an aerial imagery dataset of coastal Georgia that offers high-resolution look at the region and will be used for everything from county planning to wildlife conservation.

The images are the first of the coast taken consistenly at low tide and with the use of geographic information systems provide scientists, planners and others to better identify ground objects.

States and federal partners will benefit from improved regional natural resource maps and increased research accuracy. Local governments will benefit from cost-sharing, municipal uses and consistent regional dataset development. State resource agencies such as the DNR use the imagery for habitat mapping, lan-use analysis, permitting and other purposes.

For more images, click here.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to display the dataset on its Digital Coast website April 1. For more information, click here.

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