About the Project

In the Nearshore Substrate Mapping Using Multi-Spectral Aerial Imagery project, researchers from Ocean Imaging created high-resolution maps for shallow subtidal and intertidal benthic habitats in the South Coast region.

The maps developed in this project depict features such as surfgrass meadows, kelp canopy, algal-covered rock and bare rock habitats. Researchers validated substrate classifications with field data provided by collaborating research teams and new sampling specifically for this project.


Researchers described their findings from this project in a technical report, released in March 2015. Click below to read the report on the California Sea Grant’s website.

Final Report: Nearshore Substrate Mapping Using Multi-Spectral Aerial Imagery


Data from this project will be coming soon.