Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

2005 Edition
| Editors: Maurice L. Schwartz


  • E. Robert Thieler
  • Cheryl J. Hapke
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3880-1_244

Photogrammetry can be defined simply as the science of making reliable measurements from photographs. Unlike a map, however, a photograph contains a number of distortions that require correction before accurate measurements can be made. A number of photogrammetric techniques can be employed to remove these distortions and obtain useful measurements. In coastal studies, photogrammetric techniques are commonly employed to establish the positions of historical and modern featuresof- interest (e.g., shorelines (defined as the high-water line or wet-dry boundary), cliff edges, dune positions, etc.). Historically, the focus of study has been overwhelmingly on the use of vertical aerial photography to derive accurate shoreline positions, although photogrammetric applications using ground-based photography, videography and integration with other types of remotely sensed data (e.g., lidar) are becoming widespread. Most often, a time series of feature positions is compiled for the purpose of...

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    Beach FeaturesGoogle Scholar
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    Coastal BoundariesGoogle Scholar
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    Geographic Information SystemsGoogle Scholar
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    Global Positioning SystemsGoogle Scholar
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    Mapping Shores and Coastal TerrainGoogle Scholar
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