USV Performs Multibeam Mapping of River Terrain

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USV Performs Multibeam Mapping of River Terrain
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OceanAlpha’s ME120 autonomous unmanned surface vessel (USV) has been used to perform an underwater topographic survey of the Qiankun Bay section of China’s Yellow River. Running through nine Chinese cities, the Yellow River is the most hyperconcentrated sediment-laden river in the world, and underwater terrain monitoring and studies of river pattern evolution must be undertaken to provide important data to support river management and flood control.

The complex waters in the survey area contain many rapid currents and shallow features, making it difficult to deploy traditional...

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