INVESTIGATING THE USE OF COASTAL BLUE IMAGERY FOR BATHYMETRIC MAPPING OF INLAND WATER BODIES
Keywords: Multi-media photogrammetry, Laser Bathymetry, Multispectral depth estimation, Shallow Water Mapping
Abstract. In this contribution, we report on an experimental airborne data acquisition with two medium format cameras (Coastal Blue, RGB) and a topo-bathymetric laser scanner for capturing the bathymetry of a dozen of groundwater supplied lakes located near Augsburg, Germany. The specific research question was to investigate whether the use of high-resolution Coastal Blue imagery (λ = 400–460 nm) provides added value for mapping bathymetry and characterization of water bottom features. While data processing is still in progress, preliminary results indicate that the blue (λ = 420–500 nm) and green (λ = 490–570 nm) color channels of the RGB camera are better suited for estimating bathymetry, but the Coastal Blue channel adds an additional water penetrating band increasing the number of useful band combinations with a positive effect on the water bottom classification capabilities. Whereas Coastal Blue channels are rather used from satellite platforms (Landsat 8, WorldView-2) with spatial resolutions in the meter range, our experiment aims at using higher resolution Coastal Blue imagery with a ground sampling distance of around 5 cm enabling not only spectrally based shallow water depth mapping but also the application of multi-media photogrammetry in high spatial resolution. To the best of our knowledge the use of high-resolution Coastal Blue captured from airborne platforms is novel in the context of mapping shallow water bathymetry.