USGS and Army Corps of Engineers conduct simultaneous measurements at Sandy Neck beach, Cape Cod, MA

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Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Aerial Imaging and Mapping (AIM) group conducted drone flights from atop a dune at Sandy Neck (Cape Cod) while the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) aircraft collected data overhead.

The JALBTCX program is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and maps coastal topography and bathymetry while also collecting high-resolution color and hyperspectral imagery. The USGS deployed ground targets and collected ground-truth measurements of elevation and spectral properties of ground cover while drones operated by the USGS the JALBTCX aircraft mapped a landscape including beaches, dunes, and salt marsh at Sandy Neck / Great Marsh. This first-ever collaborative experiment between the Corps and the USGS will allow use to evaluate our methods, improve our interpretive tools, and develop new products for assessing coastal hazards and resources.

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