- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - State Department of Natural Resources officials say that several local and federal agencies have teamed up to provide aerial views of coastal Georgia that are expected to help planners and scientists.

Department officials say the images - known as orthoimagery data - are used in geographic information systems, and can be combined with other images to help scientists, planners, regulators and others better identify ground objects.

Coastal Resources Division specialist Sonny Emmert says the new orthoimagery dataset offers an accurate, high-resolution look at Georgia’s coastline that can be used in a number of ways.

Officials say the images will increase research accuracy and improve regional natural resource maps.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to display the dataset on its Digital Coast website April 1.

Online: www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast

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