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Initial results from a test of the NASA EAARL lidar in the Tampa Bay region

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Abstract

An initial test of the performance of the NASA Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL) over coastal environments around the margins of an urbanized Gulf of Mexico estuary was performed over Tampa Bay in January 2002. The EAARL is a raster-scanning, water-penetrating, full-waveform adaptive lidar that is coupled to aircraft positioning systems and a downlooking color digital camera. The EAARL has unique capabilities for simultaneously mapping topography, shallow bathymetry, and vegetation. Initial analysis within 2 Tampa Bay subregions traversed by the survey flightlines has revealed that the EAARL can survey shallow bathymetry and variables associated with benthic cover in remarkable detail. The results of this ongoing study will aid in developing recommendations on the appropriate use of NASA EAARL surveys for mapping bathymetry and benthic habitats in estuaries around the Gulf of Mexico.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Initial results from a test of the NASA EAARL lidar in the Tampa Bay region
Volume 52
Year Published 2002
Language English
First page 89
Last page 98
Conference Title 52nd annual convention of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, AAPG regional meeting, and the 49th annual meeting of the SEPM Gulf Coast Section