A WEB-BASED PLATFORM FOR VISUALIZATION AND ANALYSIS OF COASTAL GEOMORPHOLOGY DATA
Here we present a web-based platform developed to allow interactive exploration and analysis of coastal geomorphology data and to facilitate comparison with simultaneous oceanographic data (e.g., water level, currents, wave climate). The platform was developed by the USACE Mobile District Spatial Data Branch and RPS ASA for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE ERDC) and includes both a data management system and a suite of visualization and analysis tools. The system allows easy display of both beach profiles and LiDAR data and includes on-the-fly plotting functions to visualize changes in these data over time. It also provides tools for performing a variety of basic analyses, such as calculation of beach cross-sections or extraction of shoreline positions from profile data. Most importantly, the relationship between coastal morphology and environmental forcing can be examined at a variety of timescales, providing greater understanding of the evolution of sandy beaches due to both short-term (storm) events and longer-term (climatic) trends.