24 June 2017 Laser-based water depth measurement system deployed via unmanned aerial vehicle
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J. of Applied Remote Sensing, 11(3), 032409 (2017). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.11.032409
We introduced a laser-based noncontact shallow water depth measurement technique from a flying unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The water depth is measured by imaging two laser beam spots scattered from the surface and bottom of the water. The effect of water surface waves and UAV tilt angles to the depth measurement has been studied for practical applications. We have further developed this laser-based detection system consisting of a green laser, a global positioning system, a camera with a narrow field of view lens, a laser range finder, and a single-board computer. The measurement system onboard of a UAV flying over a small lake has demonstrated satisfactory water depth measurement capability. The low-cost light weight UAV-based water depth measurement should benefit water depth monitoring, mapping, and reporting in a hazardous environment offering flexibility, mobility, and remote control safe operation.
Kai Shen, Hui Lu, Sarfaraz Ali Baig, Guomin Jiang, John W. McManus, Michael R. Wang, "Laser-based water depth measurement system deployed via unmanned aerial vehicle," Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 11(3), 032409 (24 June 2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.11.032409
Submission: Received 17 January 2017; Accepted 1 June 2017

Unmanned aerial vehicles

Laser range finders

Laser development

Environmental monitoring


Global Positioning System

Laser systems engineering

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