USGS and Army Corps of Engineers conduct simultaneous measurements at Sandy Neck beach, Cape Cod, MA
Great Marsh at Sandy Neck beach
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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.
USGS Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot, Elizabeth Pendleton, setting a target in Great Marsh, Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Sandy Brosnahan (left) and Ellizabeth Pendleton (right), Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots flying drones at Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod, MA.
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots Sandy Brosnahan (left) and Elizabeth Pendleton conduct a drone flight from atop a dune at Sandy Neck (Cape Cod).