Introduction to Coastline Survey
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The reference day for the Coastline Survey of Macao SAR is July 1, 2017.

Coastline Survey is conducted based on the principles of respecting history, management status quo and considering future development. The Cartography and Cadastral Bureau commissioned the professional research institutions in the mainland, the South China Sea Planning and Environment Research Institute of the State Oceanic Administration, and cooperated with various administrative authorities of Macao SAR, including: Macao Customs, Marine and Water Bureau, Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau, Infrastructure Development Office, Environmental Protection Bureau, Civil Aviation Authority, Transportation Infrastructure Office, Municipal Affairs Bureau (formerly the Macao Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau), Legal Affairs Bureau, Public Security Police Force, Economic Bureau and Transport Bureau, in collecting the preliminary data and investigating the current status and future planning of the coastal areas in Macao SAR through preliminary data collection. Through field investigations on the sea and land, the departments conducted an in-depth analysis of the actual utilization and administration status of the coastal areas of Macao SAR, with a focus on the assessment and analysis of the particularities of coastal utilization and administration. In reference to relevant surveying standards in the mainland and the actual situation in Macao SAR, the departments formulated the coastline definition criteria in line with the actual situation in Macao SAR, and adopted the measurement techniques including precision satellite positioning, underwater radar survey and UAV survey. Finally, they completed the coastline survey on the Macao Peninsula, Taipa Island, Cotai Reclaimed Area, Coloane Island, and the Macao Port Administration Area on the Zhuhai-Macao Artificial Island of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, and comprehensively investigated the topographical elements along the coast of Macao SAR, and collected geographical data such as the coastline location, length and types, thus establishing and updating the geographic information on the coastlines of Macao SAR in a standardized manner. 

The coastline survey conducted an in-depth investigation and research on the current status of the coastal terrain in the Macao SAR. The acquired geographic data of the coastline will provide key geographic information for the Macao SAR government in the administration of the water and land areas. Meanwhile, the project also established the technical specifications for future coastline amendment and survey. The Macao SAR Government can update the geographical information of the Macao SAR coastline in a timely manner in response to the development status of Macao SAR.

Photos on coastline survey

Marine Survey

Satellite Survey

Underwater Radar Survey

UAV Survey


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