Technology in Support of Policy: The Sandag Regional Beach Monitoring Program

by Craig B. Leidersdorf, (M.ASCE), Coastal Frontiers Corp., 9420 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311, United States,
Ricky C. Hollar, Coastal Frontiers Corp., 9420 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311, United States,
Steve Sachs, Coastal Frontiers Corp., 9420 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sand Rights '99: Bringing Back the Beaches

Abstract: This paper describes a regional beach monitoring program conducted in San Diego County, California, by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Initiated in 1996, the program currently includes two components: (1) monitoring of the shorezone through semi-annual surveys along 33 shore-normal transects, and (2) monitoring of the entrances to five tidal lagoons through a combination of aerial reconnaissance missions, topographic surveys, and inlet closure records. The resulting data have yielded substantial benefits not only for engineering applications, but also for policy initiatives that include developing consensus among SANDAG's nineteen member governments, and securing federal and state funding for a large-scale beach renourishment project.

Subject Headings: Beaches | Topographic surveys | Aerial surveys | Federal government | Public policy | Coastal management

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