Airborne laser mapping of Assateague National Seashore Beach

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
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Results are presented from topographic surveys of the Assateague Island National Seashore using an airborne scanning laser altimeter and kinematic Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. The instrument used was the Airborne Topographic Mapper (ATM), developed by the NASA Arctic Ice Mapping (AIM) group from the Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility. In November, 1995, and again in May, 1996, these topographic surveys were flown as a functionality check prior to conducting missions to measure the elevation of extensive sections of the Greenland Ice Sheet as part of NASA's Global Climate Change program. Differences between overlapping portions of both surveys are compared for quality control. An independent assessment of the accuracy of the ATM survey is provided by comparison to surface surveys which were conducted using standard techniques. The goal of these projects is to make these measurements to an accuracy of ± 10 cm. Differences between the fall 1995 and 1996 surveys provides an assessment of net changes in the beach morphology over an annual cycle.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Airborne laser mapping of Assateague National Seashore Beach
Series title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume 66
Issue 1
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Description 7 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
First page 65
Last page 71
Country United States
State Maryl
Other Geospatial Assateague Island
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