Quantitative analysis of the morphological and sedimentary evolution of coastlines plays an essential part in the integrated management of coastal zones, and it is especially critical when planning the implementation of future conservation initiatives and assessing their effectiveness. The observation of phenomena has to take place within a limited timeframe and therefore it requires the use of extremely accurate and high quality data gathering and processing procedures. Spatial and temporal data resolution of data has to adapt to all its possible variables in order to obtain a low cost/benefit ratio, which is also required for effective management to take place. Data has to be standardised and managed in order to be widely applicable to Europe. Methodologies based on remote sensing of data (aerial and via satellite using optical sensors and LIDAR), validated by singlebeam and multibeam bathymetric systems and video cameras with high spatial and temporal resolution, will be developed to deal with data gathering. This will fulfill the need to monitor coastal evolution on a regional scale and assess the effectiveness of local interventions. A method will also be developed that will be able to define the coast according to its morphological and sedimentary characteristics. The project will develop, certify and then implement these methodologies to specific pilot zones until a monitoring prototype model has been created which local authorities in the Mediterranean can directly apply to both natural and protected areas, as well as areas undergoing artificial beach nourishment. Special care will be taken with procedures relating to the control of both land and sea related data. The creation of an extended team of partners will enable cross validation of the methodologies that will be applied to the various types of coastal zones.