TERRESTRIAL LASER SCANNER DATA TO SUPPORT COASTAL EROSION ANALYSIS: THE CONERO CASE STUDY
Keywords: Coastal erosion, Terrestrial Laser Scanner, Digital Terrain Model, Landform curvature, Feature extraction, Risk assessment
Abstract. In this work a detailed TLS survey was carried out in summer 2012, in the Conero Regional Park (Marche, province of Ancona), along the "spiaggia San Michele" and "spiaggia Sassi Neri". These areas present several sections affected by erosion, rock falls and slope failures. They also belong to a very prestigious place for tourism during the summer season; therefore, deriving a risk map for these areas is really useful. Thanks to the TLS survey, it was possible to obtain a centimetre resolution DTM covering a reach of about 1.5 km of the coast. This high resolution DTM was used to derive some primary topographic attributes that allowed to arrange a preliminary discussion about the likely unstable areas. These topographic information and results will also serve as the reference point for future yearly TLS surveys, which will absolutely help in recognizing any micro changes and slope failures, improving the risk maps.