Welcome to JALBTCX

The Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) mission is to perform operations, research, and development in airborne lidar bathymetry and complementary technologies to support the coastal mapping and charting requirements of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS). JALBTCX staff includes engineers, scientists, hydrographers, and technicians from the USACE Mobile District, the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), NOAA National Geodetic Survey, and the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program.

JALBTCX executes survey operations worldwide and year-round using the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) system and other industry-based coastal mapping and charting systems. CZMIL is JALBTCX's in-house survey capability that includes a Teledyne Optech, CZMIL lidar instrument with simultaneous topographic and bathymetric capabilities. CZMIL is integrated with an Itres CASI-1500 hyperspectral imager and a true-color digital camera. CZMIL collects 10-kHz lidar data concurrent with 5-cm digital true-color and 48-band hyperspectral imagery.

JALBTCX research and development supports and leverages work in government, industry, and academics to advance airborne lidar and coastal mapping and charting technology and applications. Collaborations currently include the US Geological Survey, NASA Wallops, US Naval Research Lab, ERDC System Wide Water Research Program, NOAA NGS, Teledyne Optech, Office of Naval Research, ERDC Topographic Engineering Center, the University of Southern Mississippi, Ohio State University, the University of Florida, University of New Hampshire, and Notre Dame.

For questions, contact: jalbtcx@usace.army.mil.