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POST PROCESSING METHODS FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGING LIDAR WITH MULTI-SCALE CHARACTERIZATION OF SUBSEA ORGANISMS

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2019
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The thesis objective is to develop protocols that provide analysis and interpretation for data from a pulsed laser serial scanning lidar system for underwater imaging. The specific focus is remotely observing marine organisms in the centimeter size range in the poorly understood mesopelagic realm of the ocean. The Unobtrusive Multi-Static Lidar Imager (UMSLI) system captures an expansive volume scan field with differentiating imaging resolution per planar slice, allowing precise assignment of location for organisms in the field of view. The multi-static highly collimated beams are recorded by a photo-multiplier tube receiver as a time lapse waveform of the returned energy flux, each waveform comprehensibly represents an image pixel in spatially and temporally. Complied lidar waveforms produce an array of returns which signify the magnitude of backscatter from varying sized particles across the observed volume. These volume scans are uniquely evaluated and transformed for each time bin through a processing method which extracts particle characteristics and statistics based on adaptive spatial and temporal techniques. The post processing method aims to greatly extend the capabilities of the lidar imaging system to extract particles. Results of the processing method are presented as particle counts and particle size distributions of the water columns during observed vertical migration periods. Methods are compared with other optical devices for validation, and results are interpreted to better understand the organism distribution in the mesopelagic and their behavior, with respect to diel vertical migrations.
Title: POST PROCESSING METHODS FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGING LIDAR WITH MULTI-SCALE CHARACTERIZATION OF SUBSEA ORGANISMS.
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Name(s): McKenzie, Trevor Lee , author
Nayak, Aditya, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2019
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 76 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The thesis objective is to develop protocols that provide analysis and interpretation for data from a pulsed laser serial scanning lidar system for underwater imaging. The specific focus is remotely observing marine organisms in the centimeter size range in the poorly understood mesopelagic realm of the ocean. The Unobtrusive Multi-Static Lidar Imager (UMSLI) system captures an expansive volume scan field with differentiating imaging resolution per planar slice, allowing precise assignment of location for organisms in the field of view. The multi-static highly collimated beams are recorded by a photo-multiplier tube receiver as a time lapse waveform of the returned energy flux, each waveform comprehensibly represents an image pixel in spatially and temporally. Complied lidar waveforms produce an array of returns which signify the magnitude of backscatter from varying sized particles across the observed volume. These volume scans are uniquely evaluated and transformed for each time bin through a processing method which extracts particle characteristics and statistics based on adaptive spatial and temporal techniques. The post processing method aims to greatly extend the capabilities of the lidar imaging system to extract particles. Results of the processing method are presented as particle counts and particle size distributions of the water columns during observed vertical migration periods. Methods are compared with other optical devices for validation, and results are interpreted to better understand the organism distribution in the mesopelagic and their behavior, with respect to diel vertical migrations.
Identifier: FA00013396 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2019.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Underwater imaging systems
Three-dimensional imaging--Methodology
Optical radar
Vertical distribution (Aquatic biology)
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