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Using the Florida GIS COASTS (Collection of Aerials and Shoreline Trends System) Search Engine
 

Please read or download the following instructions before accessing the COASTS Search Page.

(Note: Link will open in a new browser window.)

Instructions for Using the Search Page

  • You must select a category from the drop down list that you would like to search. See below for a description of the different categories.
  • Then select a County from the drop down list.  Only Counties where we have photos are listed.
  • All the remaining fields are optional. Enter as much information as possible.  Any additional information will narrow the search and therefore be faster.  Permit number is unnecessary and will be ignored if entered in any selection other than Aerial Beach Projects.  If you select a storm name when searching one of the storm categories entering the year will not be required.

Guide to Making Your Search Successful

  • Use our interactive web mapping site to locate the Range Monuments near your area of interest.  A link to the Mapping site is located in the ‘Highlights’ box on the right side of this page.
  • There are ‘R’ and ‘V’ monuments.  The R monuments are in regulated counties where we have monitoring locations.  They are placed approximately every one thousand feet along the beach.  V monuments are on Federal property and in areas not regulated by a Coastal Construction Control Line.
  • In very county there is a default V999 monument that is used only for photos that we cannot determine the exact location.  The Field Photo categories have many of these where insufficient information was provided or lost over the years.  Every effort has been made to determine the location before the V999 designation was assigned to that photo. Please use caution when you choose V999 as the search monument as the results could be in the hundreds and not very productive.
  • The fight date is given on the search results page in the format YYYYMMDD.  If specific information is unknown then the default date of 01 is used.  Photos where we only know the year would be like this example: 19970101, if we know the month but not the day would be 19970801.
  • Aerial photos are named for the lowest numbered monument visible in the photo.  Since a photo often has 3 or 4 monuments in it, when searching use a minimum of a five monument spread to be sure to obtain at least some results.

Historical Photography

Aerial Planimetric (straight down) photos:

Category Name: AERIAL_PLAN_RCMD

Many of these were collected for our Regional Coastal Monitoring Data (RCMD) collection program started in 1999 where we collected photos for one quarter of the State on a four year rotating basis.  Before the RCMD program the Bureau had collected many photos, these were scanned and have been geo-rectified with limited accuracy and clarity.   Photos collected from the Counties, Dept. of Transportation and several Water Management Districts are included.  If the source was other than Beaches and Coastal Systems it is noted in the folder name.  Available years vary by county.  All these photos are compressed into MrSID format and are geo-referenced ready to be used in GIS or CAD programs. Only Counties regulated by this Bureau have this type of photo available.

Aerial Planimetric photos of Beach Projects:

Category Name: AERIAL_PLAN_BCHPROJ

These aerial photos are taken as part of the documentation and monitoring requirements of a beach nourishment project.  Geo-referenced but may not be to the accuracy standard of our regular aerial photos.  These are compressed into the MrSID format.  They are searchable by permit number or by County. 

Aerial Oblique (Angle of 30° to 45°) photos:

Category Name: AERIAL_OBLIQUE_STILLS

These were taken during a low level flight.  They are in the JPG image format, are not geo-referenced. They are located by using our Range Monument system.  If the photo is between two monuments it is named using the lowest numbered monument.  They offer a better perspective to construction along the coast and the height of frontal dune.  Includes all regulated Counties with limited availability in areas not regulated by this Bureau.

Aerial Oblique of Storm Damage photos:

Category Name: AERIAL_OBLIQUE_STILLS_STORM

These photos were taken during a low level flight to document storm damage to the beach.  Condition of the beach was primary purpose, damage to buildings and coastal infrastructure was important but secondary to the flight.  They are in the JPG image format and are not geo-referenced.   They are located by using our Range Monument system.  If the photo is between two monuments it is named using the lowest numbered monument.  They are searchable by storm name.  Limited to coastal area of Counties included in the disaster decree.

Field photos:

GROUND_FIELD_STILLS

These are photos taken by our engineers with hand held cameras while investigating a permit location, beach access or documenting a violation.  Many were taken to show the condition of the beach before or after a nourishment project. They are in JPG format and are not geo-reference. They are located by using our Range Monument system.  If the photo is between two monuments it is named using the lowest numbered monument.  Many older photos were located by estimating and using years of experience and knowledge of the coastal environment to provide a location or date.

Field photos of storm damage:

GROUND_FIELD_STILLS_STORM

These are photos taken by our engineers with hand held cameras while investigating storm damage to the beach and adjacent buildings and roads.  They are in this category only if documentation noted what storm they were taken for. They are in JPG format and are not geo-reference. They are located by using our Range Monument system.  If the photo is between two monuments it is named using the lowest numbered monument.  Many older photos were located by estimating and using years of experience and knowledge of the coastal environment to provide a location or date.

 

Historical Videography

Aerial Oblique Pre – Storm videos:

Category Name: AERIAL_OBLIQUE_VIDEO

Videos were taken from a low level helicopter flight of all the beaches in the State.  Last flight was in 2006.  The video is broken into one minute segments; some older videos are in three minute segments. They are named using the first Range Monument visible in the video.   Inlets may have more than one video segment as the helicopter loops around to show the inlet from all angles.  Majority of flights were North to South on the East coast and South to North on the West coast and East to West in the Panhandle.  Limited availability in Counties and areas not regulated by this bureau.  Video is compressed into Window Media Files (WMV) format for streaming or downloading. 

Aerial Oblique Post – Storm videos:

Category Name: AERIAL_OBLIQUE_VIDEO_STORM

Videos were taken from a low level helicopter flight of beaches affected by the storm.  Condition of the beach was primary purpose, damage to buildings and coastal infrastructure was important but secondary to the flight.  Last flight was taken after Wilma in 2005.  The video is broken into one minute segments, some older videos are in three minute segments.  They are named by the first Range Monument visible in the video.   Inlets may have more than one video segment as the helicopter loops around to show the inlet from all angles.  Video is compressed into Window Media Files (WMV) format for streaming or downloading. You can search by storm name.

Engineering Data

Beach Profiles

Category Name: DATA_PROFILES

Survey profiles collect by DEP and other contractors related to general beach conditions and monitoring of beach nourishment projects.  They are available in two formats, the .TXT extension is comma delimited with a header suitable for use in ArcMap and other GIS programs.  The .XYZ extension is space delimited without a header that can be use in many other programs.  Naming follows the same format as photos: YYYYMMDD then company initials of collection source.  Parentheses indicate the first and last monument collected in that task.  That does not mean all ranges will be included between those two numbers.  Files with a PST in the name are Post Storm and may give a false indication of erosion when compared to other profiles.

Legal Documents

Maps of Record

Category Name: MAPS_OF_RECORD

These are copies of the maps that were recorded at the appropriate county court house to establish the Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) and the Coastal Setback Line (CSBL) in counties that DEP has authority to regulate activities on the coast.  The file name is the YYYYMMDD of the recording.  The PDF format is not geo-referenced and has the option to download the entire set or individual sheets.  The photo maps are in .SID format and are geo-referenced.  The named indicates the lowest number range monument visible in the map.

Access the COASTS Search Page


If you need assistance or have any questions regarding the use of this search page and its use please contact Gary Cook, by phone at 850-245-7532, or by e-mail at gary.cook@dep.state.fl.us


Last updated: March 04, 2014

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