LiDAR for Conservation of Caribbean Blue-Carbon Ecosystem
As part of a long-term shark monitoring project to study and protect the oceans, Beneath The Waves discovered that tiger sharks spend a large portion of their life patroling and foraging dense seagrass meadows. A combination of sensor-tagged sharks, satellite data, marine vessel surveys and scuba divers drove the ongoing discovery and mapping of the extensive seagrass meadows of the Caribbean. But to protect and restore these blue carbon sinks, the findings must be validated with high positional accuracy and data sets that can provide efficient, year-on-year change detection and monitoring.
R-evolution is helping Beneath The Waves validate its findings by deploying survey aircraft geared with one of Hexagon’s airborne bathymetric LiDAR solutions, the Leica Chiroptera 4X. It enables the cost-effective, rapid survey of large areas—accurately mapping thousands of square kilometers of seabed habitats at up to 30-m water depth in just a few days. The high-resolution point clouds and aerial imagery will allow Beneath The Waves to scale up its marine research.