Analysis of historical aerial photography is fundamental to understanding coastal
evolution and change.
It is a concern that valuable historic images held only as hard copies in the archives
of Local Authorities may one day be lost. A number of Local Authorities hold historical
aerial photography from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the millennium. Post 2002,
aerial photography is captured across the SCOPAC region as part of the South-east
and South-west Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme for 2002, 2008, 2013 and 2016.
To date, the project has produced a record of the historical aerial photography held
by the councils within the SCOPAC region.
Scanning by the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) has commenced for
year 1, focussing on images not previously scanned by any other study to date. These
images have now been delivered and will be made freely available where copyright
The project is currently scoping photographs to be scanned for year 2.