DETECTION AND EXTRACTION OF WATER BOTTOM TOPOGRAPHY FROM LASERBATHYMETRY DATA BY USING FULL-WAVEFORM-STACKING TECHNIQUES
Airborne LiDAR bathymetry allows an efficient and area-wide acquisition of water bottom points in shallow water areas. However, the measurement method is severely limited by water turbidity, impending a reliable detection of water bottom points at higher turbidity or in deeper water bodies. This leads to an incomplete acquisition of the water bottom topography. In this contribution, advanced processing methods are presented, which increase the penetration depth compared to the original processed data and enable a reliable extraction and detection of bottom points in deeper water bodies. The methodology is based on the analysis of correlated neighborhood information assuming a steady water bottom. The results confirm a significantly higher penetration depth with a high reliability of the additionally extracted water bottom points along with a larger coverage of the water bottom topography.