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Posted 5/20/2013

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DUCK, N.C.—ERDC’s Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) and Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) researchers joined in a collaborative exercise recently to characterize Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanning of near shore wave processes at the Field Research Facility (FRF), Duck, N.C. 

CHL’s FRF was used to measure the near shore to model wave fronts to predict erosion and beach migration, as well as other physical processes. 

TEC and CHL are interested in characterizing LiDAR's interaction with breaking waves and were able to validate laser interactions with constituents of the wave fronts including foam and suspended materials using shortwave infrared imaging. 

This work provides a basis to understand the LiDAR's interaction with breaking waves at a wavelength not commonly used for waterborne sensing.

Learn more about CHL’s Field Research Facility.

CHL FRF LIDAR near shore wave scanning TEC