Mobile mapping systems have helped to make LiDAR even more accessible for environmental applications. Map on the move in difficult to reach locations such as coastlines, forests and agricultural areas using ROBIN in backpack mode or take to the skies with ROBIN +WINGS, an airborne LiDAR system for large scale projects and corridor mapping.
Our coastal towns and cities house more than 40% of the world’s population, with nearly 1.2 billion people living within 100km of a shoreline. With more turbulent weather conditions, rising sea levels and an ever-increasing population, our coastlines need to be managed and monitored more than ever before.
Coastal surveying activities can be challenging to undertake, especially due to the difficult nature of coastal terrain, with cliffs, and the obvious liquid barrier making many areas inaccessible by foot. With coastal erosion rates increasing, there is more of a need to monitor our coastlines to help determine the potential hazards and impact on local communities, infrastructure and economy.
Coastal monitoring can now be carried out more easily using LiDAR. From bathymetric systems such the RIEGL Bathycopter, to our ground-breaking slope monitoring software, SiteMonitor Slopes, environmental change can be captured, detected and monitored easily, allowing for coastal management plans to be made and implemented.
Airborne laser scanning is also great way to create a detailed digital terrain model of our coastlines. We have been working with Durham University to map and monitor the coastline at Whitby, Yorkshire. Using both ROBIN +WINGS and a terrestrial laser scanner, we have collected over three years’ worth of data which has identified areas more prone to rockfall.