In response to changing sea leveles the New Forest National Park Authority (NFNPA) undertakes an archaeological assessment of its coastline using Hydrospatial data together with additional historic records such as aerial phtotographs.
As part of a nationwide programme of Rapid Coastal Zone Assesment Surveys supported by English Heritage, the study aims to identify and record previously undiscovered archaeological sites and artifacts along the 86 kilometres of New Forest and National Park coastline. The study will contribute to the development of long term management plans by protecting the sites where possible or making provision for their recording where this may not be possible.
The digital data will be supplied as multi layered theme easily used in the Authority's Geographical Information System (GIS). The Hydrospatial consists of six topic layers (Bathymetry and Elevation, Natural and Physical Features, Structures and Obstructions, Socio Economic and Marine Use, Conservation and Environmental Protection and Climate and Oceanography) and provides reference information comparable with land mapping. It is designed for easy access and cost effective use in desktop and web GIS.
The NFPA lies mainly in the South-West Hampshire; it was established to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the park and to promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its outstanding qualities.