Dewberry Selected to Collect Lidar Data for U.S. Geological Survey; Keith Patterson Quoted

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has selected Dewberry to plan, acquire and process 788 square miles in the western part of the Everglades National Park in Florida for topo-bathymetric lidar, Dewberry announced on Friday.

Dewberry will deploy a recently developed lidar system consisting of a Riegl VQ880G topo-bathymetric lidar sensor for data collection. The sensor is capable of collecting data through the water column so that flooded wetlands and open-water areas are accurately modeled as well as dry land.

The system also includes an optical camera used to collect aerial imagery. Advanced lidar classification and post-processing will be done by Dewberry’s geospatial analysts who are familiar with the Everglades landscape.

“This project will support the National Park Service’s critical environmental management objectives to include response to sea level rise, increased predictive capability of hydrologic models and improved modeling, and understanding of the unique Everglades,” said Keith Patterson, senior project manager of Dewberry. “The data will also support various scientific studies involving critical habitat for threatened and endangered species.”

The project is a cooperative effort between the USGS and the U.S. National Park Service. This project resulted from a pilot project Dewberry performed in 2016 within the Everglades National Park for USGS and the National Park Service. The pilot project deployed various lidar sensors from several manufacturers in order to test and qualify the data produced from each sensor.

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