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Data Series 921


Ground-Based Lidar Beach Topography of Fire Island, New York, April 2013

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Abstract
Project Summary
Survey Overview and Acquisition
Equipment
Data Processing
Data
Abbreviations
References Cited
Acknowledgments
Collaborators
 

Equipment

The high-resolution lidar data of the coastal zone at Fire Island, N.Y., were collected by the USACE-FRF team and are only one component of a larger dataset collected using the CLARIS platform. CLARIS is a vehicle-mounted system that integrates a terrestrial lidar scanner and X-band radar with precise motion and position information. For further information or questions regarding the CLARIS or for additional data not included in this report, please contact the USACE-FRF.

Riegl VZ-1000

Surface elevation data were captured using the Riegl VZ-1000 terrestrial laser scanner mounted on a 4x4 vehicle. This is the key piece of equipment used in this type of data acquisition. The terrestrial scanner images the topography by emitting a rapid series of infrared laser pulses across the beach and continuously measuring surface contact distance. Together with accurate scanner positional data, these measurements are used to create a 3-dimensional (3-D) point cloud of the surface.

POS-LV 220

Position data during the lidar scan were recorded using the Applanix POS-LV 220, a fully integrated system composed of an L1/L2 phase global positioning system (GPS) receiver, an inertial measurement unit (IMU), and a distance measuring instrument (DMI).

The GPS data were collected through the two global navigation satellite system (GNSS) Zephyr* antennas and internal GPS receivers. The 3-D motion of the vehicle (yaw, pitch, roll) was recorded by the IMU, and the DMI measured the vehicle wheel rotations. All information from these sensors were then merged during post-processing to maintain sub-decimeter positional accuracy. Additionally, prior to beginning the survey the laser scanner was bore-sighted with respect to the IMU to account for subtle mounting differences between the two sensors, a process which can reduce data measurement error.

Various CLARIS instruments mounted atop the mobile CLARIS unit
Figure 4. Various CLARIS instruments mounted atop the mobile CLARIS unit including 2 GNSS Zephyr antennas (outer masts), Riegl laser scanner (right of center), and marine radar antenna (top center). [larger version]

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