Application of LiDAR technology for measurement of time-varying free-surface profiles in a laboratory wave flume

C.E. Blenkinsopp, I.L. Turner, M.J. Allis, W.L. Peirson, L.E. Garden

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An experimental study was completed to investigate the ability of a fixed, two-dimensional LiDAR instrument to obtain detailed measurements of propagating waves within a laboratory wave flume. The results show that this technology can be used to obtain synchronous free-surface measurements at a horizontal spatial resolution O(10. mm), with comparable vertical accuracy to that of more conventional, high-precision capacitance wave probes. The principal advantage of using the LiDAR is that a single, non-intrusive instrument can be utilised to measure the entire wave field at high resolution allowing detailed evaluation of wave transformation throughout the experimental domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalCoastal Engineering
Early online date16 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


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