Mapping the terrain of Bird Shoal, Rachel Carson Reserve

Our research group teamed up with coastal geologists from the Antonio Rodriguez lab at UNC Institute of Marine Sciences to map out the terrain of Bird Shoal using drones and lasers (ah, sweet, sweet science!). This thin spit of land is part of the barrier island complex that protects downtown Beaufort (and the Duke Marine Lab) from storms coming through the rapidly widening Beaufort Inlet. The data collected establish an accurate modern baseline for the west end of the island.

For this project we combined traditional coastal survey techniques (RTK GPS and laser line scanning) with high accuracy RTK drones and photogrammetry to ground-truth new methods and build the highest resolution maps of the terrain ever created!

Stay tuned for more!

Rodriguez lab - drones & lasers