A Historical Tour of Truro Landscapes from the Archives and Databases of the Cape Cod National Seashore Mapping Program.
The Cape Cod National Seashore Mapping program documents the geography of scientific studies taking place in Truro and throughout the outer Cape. Some of the interesting mapping documents include the 1774 DesBarres atlas, the 1848 US Coastal Surveys, aerial photos from 1938-1991, landscape views from the early 1900s and vegetation maps from aerials and satellite images in recent years. These historical sources reflect human settlement and use (such as the diking of wetlands for the railroad) as well as ecological changes in the forest canopy so evident in the last few generations.
We will also entertain questions about diverse topics such as coastal erosion, groundwater mapping, rare plants and animals and historical sites. The Seashore has some state of the art mapping tools such as LIDAR topographic imagery, survey-grade precision GPS, water level loggers and satellite imagery. The people of Truro also represent a wealth of information so bring some historical reminiscences or anecdotes to share as time allows. (Or email me some comments and questions in advance at [email protected]).
Mark Adams has been the Geographic Information Specialist for Cape Cod National Seashore since 1991 and is currently working with Center for Coastal Studies scientists Graham Giese and Mark Borrelli to document the changing coast.