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LIDAR: an assessment of port protection capabilities. Brooke, G. NURC-SP-2008-004. December 2008.

This report provides an introductory survey and background to LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) as a non-acoustic means for detecting and tracking underwater intruders in ports. It was found that commercial use of LIDAR is mature. Applications such as conducting coastal and forest surveys and sea-mine detection with air- or ship-borne LIDAR are most similar to sea surveillance in port protection, but there are important differences. Surveillance for intruder detection requires constant watch on a fixed body of water in a port, with provisions for tracking intruders after they have been detected, rather than merely passing over an area to generate a one-time still image of a swathe below or ahead of the LIDAR. The LIDAR must remain on station in the port, mounted to a hovering aerial platform (a balloon) or to a tower. This report was commissioned from General Dynamics Canada (Garry Brooke) as part of NURC project 3J1 (Port Protection), Ref: GDC PO:40800736, 31-Oct-08, No.:EYK. A follow-on feasibility study will consider LIDAR coverage in more detail, based in part on the technology survey presented here.