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Design description and field testing of the SHOALS-1000T airborne bathymeter
Author(s): Paul E. LaRocque; John R. Banic; A. Grant Cunningham
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Paper Abstract

The SHOALS-1000T is the first generation of coastal mapping systems which incorporates both airborne lidar bathymetric (ALB) and airborne topographic subsystems. Its predecessor, the SHOALS (Scanning Hydrographic Operational Airborne Lidar Survey) system went operational in 1994 and was retired in 2003 after a history of successful worldwide surveys. The SHOALS-1000T has 2.5 times the data collection rate of the previous SHOALS system and yet is about one-third the size and consumes about half the power. A description of the system design will be given, along with a summary of extensive field testing carried out in Florida in August of 2003. It will be shown that despite the reduction in size and power requirements, the basic system performance matched the previous system very well. The increased collection rate also increases other capabilities such as target detection. The addition of a digital camera has enhanced the SHOALS-1000T system as a premier coastline mapping tool.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2004
PDF: 23 pages
Proc. SPIE 5412, Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX, (13 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.564924
Show Author Affiliations
Paul E. LaRocque, Optech Inc. (Canada)
John R. Banic, Optech Inc. (Canada)
A. Grant Cunningham, Optech Inc. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5412:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX
Gary W. Kamerman; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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