Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures

Event Name/Location

Seventh International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, 20-22 May 2002

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date



Coral Reefs, Ecosystem, Florida, Three-dimensional Computed Tomography


A bathymetric survey was recently conducted in Southeast Florida (Broward County) during April 2001 using the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) system. This four-meter resolution survey encompassed from North Dade County, through the length of Broward County coastline, to south Palm Beach County (approximately 43 km) and from the shore eastward to depths of approximately 40 m (2.5-3.5 km offshore). This georeferenced data was sun shaded at various angles and azimuths and draped with a NOAA NAPP 1:24,000 georeferenced air photograph mosaic. The model was zoomed and tipped to the desired orientations and processed into three-dimensional perspectives. Two views, slightly offset, were used to create anaglyphs. The anaglyph provided an actual three-dimensional view of the bathymetry. Multiple view options were useful for identifying benthic features including coral reefs and associated habitats.