US Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research and Development Center

Coastal Lidar and Radar Imaging System

Published Nov. 21, 2012
CLARIS is deployed on a tracked-vehicle that can successfully navigate debris-laden and inundated beaches. Its added height decreases problems of radar shadowing in the far range from irregular beach topography, such as high berms or beach cusp horns.

CLARIS is deployed on a tracked-vehicle that can successfully navigate debris-laden and inundated beaches. Its added height decreases problems of radar shadowing in the far range from irregular beach topography, such as high berms or beach cusp horns.

Description

Engineers at the ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) have developed the Coastal Lidar and Radar Imaging System (CLARIS) to quantitatively measure both subaerial topography and shallow-water bathymetry of coastal regions during storms. CLARIS is a fully mobile mapping system that is designed to operate during storms, collecting topography data of the beach from a terrestrial laser scanner as well as bathymetry and wave data in the surf-zone from radar-derived wave celerity measurements.

Read more about this technology at CHL.

ERDC Points of Contact
Questions about CLARIS?
Contact: Jesse McNinch
Email: Jesse.E.McNinch@usace.army.mil
Phone: 252-261-6840 ext. 243