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Several coastal web atlases were profiled on the first day of the Fifth International Coastal Atlas Network meeting in Oostende, Belgium. These include the Washington Coastal Atlas, the Belgian Coastal Atlas, the African Marine Atlas, the Carribean Marine Atlas, Scotland’s Marine Atlas, and the Atlas of the Venice Lagoon.

Of interest to those on the west coast, the new release of the Washington Coastal Atlas has been designed with particular users in mind, for example local government officials or educators. Featured on the front page are ways to find public beaches and beach closures, explore flood maps, and examine oblique photos of the shoreline.

The members of ICAN from the United States include:

Also on the first day of the ICAN5 program were briefings on recent events and initiatives featuring coastal atlases (including the ICAN-Great Lakes meeting held in Madison in September 2010), presentations on how atlases can support coastal and marine spatial planning, and a reception to commemorate the new release of the Belgian Coastal Atlas.

For another perspective on the ICAN5 meeting, Tanya Haddad of the Oregon Coastal Management Program is tweeting on the activites of the meeting.


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