Airborne Laser Hydrography II documents the current knowledge of airborne lidar bathymetric mapping since Gary C. Guenther wrote the original seminal book Airborne Laser Hydrography - System Design and Performance Factors over 30 years ago. As with the original, commonly referred to as the Blue Book, this Blue Book II updates the history, theory, and design challenges of bathymetric lidar. However, with over 30 years of advancements and most importantly with thousands of hours of operational experience from different international teams and systems, Blue Book II addresses the knowledge gained through decades of operational experience over a wide range of applications and environmental conditions. Gary Guenther’s Blue Book laid the foundation that over 16 authors from a half dozen countries have now updated in Blue Book II.


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  • Chapter 4: Basic Concepts and System Design 

    Feygels, Viktor; Kopilevich, Yuri; Kim, Minsu; LaRocque, Paul; Pe'eri, Shachak; Philpot, William (2019)
    All airborne lidar bathymeter (ALB) systems locate the bottom of a water body by tracking the progression of a short light pulse from its initial contact with the water surface through its interaction with the bottom. The ...
  • Chapter 3: Environmental Optical Properties 

    Pe'eri, Shachak; Feygels, Viktor; Tingaker, Torbjorn; Kopilevich, Yuri; Kim, Minsu; Philpot, William; Wang, Chi-Kuei (2019)
    When the lidar pulse is transmitted out of the ALB system, it interacts with various environmental regions from the time of transmission until the pulse is reflected from the seafloor and received back at the ALB detector. ...
  • Chapter 2: History 

    Wozencraft, Jennifer; LaRocque, Paul; Penley, Mark; Pfennigbauer, Martin (2019)
    The early years of laser hydrography have been traced by Guenther (1985). His review tracks the development of laser hydrography, now more commonly known as Airborne Laser Bathymetry (ALB), from the earliest theoretical ...
  • Appendix A: Standard Words, Phrases, Acronyms 

    Philpot, William (2019)
  • Airborne Laser Hydrography II 

    Philpot, William (2019)
    This book was written to document and share our updated knowledge of airborne lidar hydrography gained since Gary C. Guenther wrote the original seminal book Airborne Laser Hydrography - System Design and Performance Factors ...
  • Foreword 

    Guenther, Gary (2019)
  • References 

    Philpot, William (2019)
  • Chapter 5: Basic Concepts in Data Processing 

    Feygels, Viktor; Kopilevich, Yuri; Kim, Minsu; Wang, Chi-Kuei (2019)
    This chapter details the various data processing steps used to retrieve useful data from the lidar waveform (other than depth of an individual pulse). The introductory section describes the sequence of coordinate transformations ...
  • Chapter 6: Performance Evaluation 

    Pe'eri, Shackak; Parrish, Christopher; Johnson, Nicholas; Macon, Christopher; White, Stephen (2019)
    In order to be able to provide a clean georeferenced point cloud for analysis and production, it is important to conduct a performance evaluation of an ALB system prior to conducting a survey. The term "performance evaluation" ...
  • Chapter 7: Applications, Ancillary Systems, and Fusion 

    Wozencraft, Jennifer; Eisemann, Eve; Reif, Molly; Dunkin, Lauren (2019)
    The number of applications for ALB data has grown exponentially since the first systems became operational in the late 1980's and early 1990's. In those early days, the primary application was nautical charting. Since then, ...

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