ICAN is a project of UNESCO IOC´s IODE Programme, and ICAN members seek to play a leadership role in forging international collaborations of value to the participating nations, thereby optimizing regional governance in coastal zone management and marine spatial planning.


We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Some 37 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast. (UNEP)


CWAs are "...collections of digital maps and datasets with supplementary tables, illustrations, & information that systematically illustrate the coast, oftentimes with cartographic & decision support tools, all of which are accessible via the Internet."  O'Dea et al., 2007


Membership in ICAN is open to all interested parties who agree to the mission & objectives of ICAN, including those with an operational coastal web atlas, as well as those hoping to design and build a coastal web atlas in the future.
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Rich Data, Poor Data: Geospatial Creativity and Innovation for Managing Changing Coastal Systems is the theme for the 12th   International Symposium for GIS and computer mapping for coastal zone management, for the first time held in Africa from 21-24 April 2015 in Cape Town. CoastGIS 2015 follows as it did in Ostende, Belgium and Victoria, Canada, the workshop for the International Coastal Atlas Network.

The program and registration information is available on the conference website

The keynote speakers will be:

Shankar Aswani, Rhodes University, South Africa

Dr. Aswani’s  research has focused on a diversity of subjects including property rights and common property resources, marine indigenous ecological knowledge/ethnobiology, vulnerability and resilience of coastal communities, cultural ecology and human behavioural ecology of fishing, demography, ethnohistory, political ecology, economic anthropology, and applied anthropology involving geospatial technologies.

Clint Padgett, US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile (Alabama) District

Dr. Padgett is the Spatial Data Branch Chief encompassing oversight of the Geospatial, Survey & Mapping, Dredge Quality Management, and Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise groups.

Andrus Meiner, Head of Ecosystems Assessment Group, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Dr. Meiner’s responsibilities have involved contributions to EEA main state of environment reports in 2003, 2005, 2010, and 2015. During 2004-2012 he acted as project manager for integrated spatial assessment of coastal environment and indicator development for ICZM.

Ron Furness, Darius Bartlett and Roger Longhorn will tag team a presentation on 20 years of CoastGIS. Mr. Furness and Mr. Bartlett were the instigators of the CoastGIS series of symposia in 1995 in Cork, Ireland. Mr. Furness Ron retired from the Australian Hydrographic Service as the then senior civilian and Director, Coordination and Development in 2002. He is now a consultant for the global geospatial company IIC Technologies Ltd. Mr. Bartlett  is a lecturer at the Department of Geography, University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland and a member of the Geoinformatics research cluster within the Geography Department. Mr. Longhorn,  was an external expert in information systems and services, and development of the pan-European Spatial Data Infrastructure (INSPIRE), for the European Commission until 1999.  Roger is now Secretary-General of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association and serves as external expert on the IHO’s Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Working Group (MSDIWG).

Two workshops will be held on Tuesday 21 April 2015:

Coastal/Marine SDI Capacity Building Workshop – Managing Big Data Challenges

This full day workshop is organised by Roger Longhorn, Secretary-General, GSDI Association and an external expert member of the IHO Marine SDI Working Group. Roger is joined by Dr Mike Osborne, Managing Director, OceanWise Ltd, Steering Group Member of the UN-IOC Caribbean Marine Atlas Project and co-founder and expert contributor to the IHO Marine SDI Working Group.


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Coastal LiDAR Workshop

This workshop will build on the experience of previous workshops on the topic which have been conducted in the context of CoastGIS and locally in South Africa.
The aim of this workshop will be to amalgamate past workshop outcomes and take them further through the “cross-pollination” between the International CoastGIS and the African coastal LiDAR communities; get additional input and inspirations from the coastal LiDAR experts at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who will co-host this workshop (see below); and address coastal LiDAR related topics which are of particular interest to the African coastal research and management community.


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Para nuestras Costas

Vol, 8, Nr 2 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 9th year publishing the ICAN newsletter. Many thanks to our Editor Andy Sherin!

Please consider preparing an article for the next newsletter that will likely be published in the spring of this year.

Happy New Year!

Photos from CoastGIS 2018

Our friends from CoastGIS 2018 have posted a wonderful gallery of photos, including the recent ICAN mini-workshop:

See how many ICAN members you can spot!