The Great Lakes are next on the list for the National Coastal Mapping Program (NCMP) The Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) began surveying Lake Michigan in May. Lakes Superior, Erie, and Huron will be added throughout the summer and September.
The NCMP uses Coastal Zone Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) to provide high-resolution, high-accuracy elevation and imagery data to support US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regional sediment management, navigation, operation construction, and regulatory activities in the coastal zone. The CZMIL system components include an OptechCZMIL sensor (hybrid, bathymetric and topographic, and green laser lidar),
a PhaseOneiXU1000-RS RGB camera, and an ITRES CASI 1500 hyperspectral scanner. Which will be used to collect bathymetric, topographic lidar, aerial photography, and hyperspectral imagery approximately 1000 meters lakeward to 500 meters landward along the shoreline. Ground truth data will be collected approximately every 100 miles alongshore.