Frederick, MD (August 10, 2005) – EarthData and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center (CSC) have signed a 5-year indefinite delivery contract for geospatial services to support coastal resource management in all coastal states, US islands, and Pacific territories. The EarthData team comprises 23 industry leaders and small businesses who will partner with CSC to support those that manage our nation’s coastal resources and communities. “We have worked for years to develop relationships with firms who provide complementary coastal mapping, geographic information system (GIS), and analysis services,” said EarthData Chairman Bryan Logan. “Our team members understand the challenges CSC faces in balancing our coastal areas as economic and social gateways and as complex, irreplaceable ecosystems.”
EarthData team members are specialists in photogrammetric and thematic mapping, remote sensing, satellite image processing, bathymetric surveying, sediment imaging and profiling, and economic analysis of coastal environments, among other disciplines. “CSC already has worked successfully with several members of this team,” said CSC Coastal Information Services Branch Chief, Nicholas Schmidt. “Their collective expertise and experience provide the diverse capabilities we need to achieve our mission.”
Services provided under this contract include thematic mapping, aerial and satellite data acquisition, topographic and bathymetric mapping, sediment imaging and profiling, surveying services, GIS, and social, economic, and ecological analyses, all in support of coastal resource assessments, characterizations, and conservation.
The EarthData team for this contract include: Avineon, The Alta Vista Company, BAE Systems ADR, Diaz & Daughters, DigitalGlobe, ESRI, Fugro Pelagos, Geo-Serv, Horizons, i-cubed: information integration & imaging, ITRES, Marshall, NatureServe, ORBIMAGE, Pangaea Information Technologies, Smart Data Strategies, SPOT Image Corporation, Towill, Tukman Geospatial, Watershed Concepts, Waterway Surveys & Engineering and, 3001.
EarthData is an airborne data collection, mapping, and GIS services organization that provides clients with customized products, services, and GIS applications to support a wide range of land-use, resource management, and engineering activities. With its fleet of aircraft, the organization collects aerial photography, uses an airborne laser system (lidar) and imaging radar (GeoSAR) to produce 3D terrain models, and develops or deploys other remote sensing technologies to detect thermal and multispectral information about the earth’s surface. EarthData offices in Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, and Washington, DC, use this data to create and supply photogrammetric, lidar, radar, and digital orthophoto mapping and GIS applications and services. EarthData also owns a mid-west mapping and GIS company, Horizons, Inc., with offices in South Dakota and Minnesota. (www.earthdata.com)