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Exploitation of Full-Waveform LiDAR to Characterize / Exploit Under Canopy Targets - Foliage Penetration (FOPEN)

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2012,31 May 2016

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Ohio State University Columbus United States

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Foliage presents a type of terrain characteristic that can obstruct information required by the warfighter. Traditional remote sensing offers rather limited, if any, capabilities to acquire data under the canopy. Recently, state-of-the-art LiDAR technology, in particular wave form processing, can provide not only foliage penetration but can also support better object identification and material classification under the canopy. To make use of this relatively new technology, not yet operational in the Armys surveillance and reconnaissance practice, this project aims at contributing too much needed research necessary to bridge the gap between the potential of an active sensor technology and the implementation of deployable systems. The proposed approach is based on combining the use of targets and materials, assessed by full wave form LiDAR, to understand and, consequently, develop the acquisition strategy, processing, and product generation necessary to best exploit the mission. Our objective is to model full waveform LiDAR acquisition parameters designed around various canopy and foliage types e.g., single to multi- storied canopies, temperate, tropical, sub-tropical that are of major interest from the Armys operational standpoint. Matching canopy type to LiDAR acquisition would more effectively drive any given sortie and optimize the mission acquisition and support the Armys field operations, including planning, battlefield command and logistics in general.

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  • Cartography and Aerial Photography
  • Optical Detection and Detectors

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