The Channel Coastal Observatory does not "license" the use of images or data or sign license agreements. The Channel Coastal Observatory generally has no objection to the reproduction and use of these materials (aerial photography, wave data, beach surveys, LIDAR surveys, bathymetric surveys), subject to the following conditions:

  1. Channel Coastal Observatory material may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by Channel Coastal Observatory or by any Channel Coastal Observatory employee of a commercial product, service, or activity, or used in any manner that might mislead.
  2. Channel Coastal Observatory should be acknowledged as the source of the material in any use of images and data accessed through this website, please state "Image/Data courtesy of Channel Coastal Observatory." We recommend that the caption for any image published include the unique reference number, and our website ( so that others can locate or obtain copies when needed. We always appreciate notification of beneficial uses of images and data within your applications. This will help us continue to maintain these freely available services. Send e-mail to
  3. It is unlawful to falsely claim copyright or other rights in CHANNEL COASTAL OBSERVATORY material.
  4. CHANNEL COASTAL OBSERVATORY shall in no way be liable for any costs, expenses, claims, or demands arising out of the use of CHANNEL COASTAL OBSERVATORY material by a recipient or a recipient's distributees.
  5. CHANNEL COASTAL OBSERVATORY does not indemnify nor hold harmless users of CHANNEL COASTAL OBSERVATORY material, nor release such users from copyright infringement, nor grant exclusive use rights with respect to CHANNEL COASTAL OBSERVATORY material.
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