The Scanning Hydrographic Operational Airborne Lidar Survey (SHOALS) system is
the world leader in airborne lidar bathymetric mapping. SHOALS employs a
technique known as Airborne Lidar Bathymetry (ALB) or Airborne Lidar
Hydrography (ALH) which uses state-of-the-art LIDAR (Light Detection and
Ranging) technology to rapidly and accurately measure seabed depths and ... topographic elevations. SHOALS can survey over large areas, far exceeding the
capabilities and efficiency of traditional survey methods.
The attraction of ALB lies in it's ability to overcome many of the
disadvantages of conventional acoustic survey techniques. Since becoming
operational in 1994 has completed a diverse selection of nearly 300 projects.
SHOALS represents a unique partnership between US government agencies and
industry to provide a total solution to all aspects of airborne lidar projects.