LiDAR Being Used in Haiti Relief Effort

  1. The Navy is using LIDAR to survey the harbor and coastal areas in Haiti.
  2. The CHARTS system is one of the most sophisticated remote sensing systems in use today.
  3. Visit the Red Cross website link to make a donation.

It was recently reported that personnel from the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), based at Stennis Space Center (SSC), are helping relief get to the devastated people of Haiti. Using the Compact Hydrographic Airborne Rapid Total Survey system- more commonly known as CHARTS, personnel from NMOC conducted airborne lidar surveys of Port-au-Prince over the weekend, and are expected to conduct more this week.

“Hydrographic surveys are necessary in order to determine navigational hazards that could impede the egress of Navy assets involved in the relief support and enable the flow of humanitarian supplies,” said Rear Adm. Jonathan White, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. “The assistance we are providing reflects on our nation’s compassion and commitment to those impacted by this tragedy.”

The CHARTS system integrates a 3,000-Hz hydrographic lidar and a 20,000-Hz topographic lidar, a digital imaging camera and a CASI-1500 hyperspectral imager in one system. This is one of the most sophisticated, multi-sensor remote sensing system that I have heard of. It would be very interesting to learn more about the actual capabilities of the system and how the data is being processed. If anyone has any more info please let me know.

Thanks go out to the folks at NMOC and all others involved in the relief effort. Click here to make a donation via the Red Cross.

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1 Response to LiDAR Being Used in Haiti Relief Effort

  1. This project is being conducted by the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX, a joint effort between the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Chris Macon is the POC at the Center.

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