The British Virgin Islands will undergo a critical geographical survey this month called Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR).
Effectively, LIDAR is a method of mapping whereby a laser scanner is used to measure the earth’s terrain.
Acting Director for the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, Captain Raman Bala said information collected from the LIDAR will assist the territory in several areas including climate change resilience and disaster-response planning.
He said LIDAR also supports activities such as forecasting storm surges, mapping the BVI’s shorelines, and hydrogeographic surveying, which is the measurement of features that affect maritime navigation.
“The data captured [from LIDAR] will allow the nautical charts to be updated for the safety of navigation [in the territory],” Bala explained.
Bala further said information from the survey the will help to determine the vulnerability of local coastal areas.
During the assessment, surveyors will operate their equipment from within an aircraft that is flying over the different sections of the BVI. Survey equipment such as a topographic laser is capable of measuring both sea surfaces and heights on land.
The survey will be done on September 26 by United Kingdom-based company called AWH Limited.
The survey is part of a UK-funded project known as the Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme.
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