Beaches are popular locales for vacation and recreation, and Palm Beach County in Florida is no exception. With over a million inhabitants, many of whom live within a few miles of the ocean, much of the county's economy is based around beachside real estate. The beaches and inlets along the coast also contain a delicate ecosystem teeming with flora and fauna. However, beaches are unstable by nature. Beach sand is washed away by ebbing tides and occasional storms. Coastal areas require frequent restoration and maintenance. Sand is excavated, or dredged, from shallow areas or inlets to replenish eroded beaches, while artificial reefs are constructed to protect the shoreline. To manage these complex restoration efforts, proper monitoring and mapping is essential.
In these lessons, you'll help the Palm Beach County beach restoration efforts by mapping some of the county's major beaches and inlets as part of a presentation for both the public and policy makers. To emphasize bathymetric features and topography, you'll create your map in 3D using the ArcGIS Online scene viewer. First, you'll explore an existing 3D scene of Palm Beach County to familiarize yourself with the geography and navigation controls. Then, you'll add layers depicting reefs, sediment, and dredging areas to a new scene. You'll capture slides of key areas so that users can quickly navigate to the locations you want to emphasize. Last, you'll create a web app to share with others.
|Explore a scene||Learn about shoreline protection and restoration in Florida.||15 minutes|
|Create a scene||Add layers to a new scene and organize them with layer groups.||20 minutes|
|Capture slides||Capture slides to highlight important aspects of the scene.||30 minutes|
|Create an app||Create a customized app of your scene and share it with others.||15 minutes|