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Terrestrial Laser Scanner in the marsh

Ecosystem and Landscape Analysis

New imaging technology is revolutionizing our understanding of the structure and inner workings of ecosystems by providing unprecedented levels of detail and coverage area.

An array of instruments that can be used individually or in combination to address a wide range of research questions has been assembled at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory (BMFL).  These instruments can reveal fine scale patterns of temperature, plant pigments, soil types, and many other features on the surfaces of marshes, creeks, forests, and beaches.  For example, locations of groundwater seepage can be spotted by differences in temperature patterns of moist soils across a marsh landscape.  Areas of high or low plant productivity can be determined by cameras that record wavelengths of light reflectance or absorption across a marsh or agricultural crop field.  Data extracted from these images can be analyzed using specially designed software which can quantify and display other ecosystem properties.

Investigators and educators are encouraged to contact us with ideas for use of the images/data and requests for participating or independently using the instruments in the North Inlet area. 

The table below provides an overview of the currently available images for all instruments, the manner of deployment, and the habitat in which they were aquired. 

The actual image files are found by following the respective sidebar link.  Instruments were acquired in 2013 and 2014 and the archives will continue to expand as more testing, studies, and shared products emerge.  

 

 

 

Date

(mm-dd-

yyyy)

 

Instrument

Deployment

Habitat

Spectro-meter

Thermal Camera

TLS

Multi-spectral

HD

video

Hand-held

Tripod

Boom

Balloon

Boat

Vehicle

Drone

Fixed wing

HH

TR

BO

BN

BT

VE

DR

FW

Upland

Salt marsh

Intertidal creek

Beach

Open water

05-25-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06-24-2014

 

 

 

 

BN

 

 

 

07-28-2014

 

 

 

 

BO

 

 

 

 

07-29-2014

 

 

 

 

BO

 

 

 

 

11-04-2014

 

 

BN

 

 

02-06-2015

 

 

BO

 

 

 

 

03-24-2015

 

 

 

BO

 

 

 

 

03-31-2015

 

 

 

 

HH

 

 

 

 

05-30-2015

 

 

 

 

HH

 

 

 

 

07-15-2015

 

 

 

 

HH

 

 

 

 

08-15-2015

 

 

 

 

HH

 

 

 

 

10-23-2015

 

 

 

 

HH

 

 

 

 

01-05-2016

 

 

 

 

HH

 

 

 

 

03-04-2016

 

 

 

 

HH

 

 

 

 

03-25-2016

 

 

 

 

TR

 

 

 

 

05-05-2016

 

 

 

 

HH