Remote sensing is playing an increasingly important role in management and development of coastal environments through the detection and monitoring of coastal processes. Coastal geomorphic changes, estuarine circulation, pollution and sediment transport, flood area extent, fires, and foliage die-back are readily detectable from aircraft and spaceborne sensors. These data have their greatest value when they are available in near real-time to decision makers such as civil officials (crisis response), corporate officials, and coastal/marine environment operators. Examples of flooding, fires, storm-driven and man-induced damage to coastal environments graphically illustrate the dynamics of these environments. This paper illustrates how a low-cost NOAA high resolution picture transmission (HRPT) earth station provides technological leverage to deal with some of them.