Airborne Lidar Surveys and Regional Sediment Management
CORPS OF ENGINEERS MOBILE AL MOBILE DISTRICT
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Airborne lidar is an ideal tool for surveying regional scale projects. It is the only tool that can economically provide synoptic bathymetric and topographic data on a regional scale, which is the type of data required for nearshore coastal studies like the Regional Sediment Management Demonstration Program RSMDP of the US Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. The goal of this program is to link changes in nearshore terrain with hydrodynamic forcing. The SHOALS Scanning Hydrographic Operational Airborne Lidar Survey system has been used to collect regional data for the demonstration program. SHOALS data gives a three-dimensional quantification of a region at a particular point in time. Comparison of SHOALS data sets quantifies changes that have occurred between surveys. This paper gives an overview of SHOALS, the RSMDP and the SHOALS data sets that have been collected for the region. An example of how SHOALS is used throughout the region is given by detailing SHOALS data analysis at East Pass, Florida, USA.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Optical Detection and Detectors