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Nautical Charting

March 1, 2011

BATHYMETRIC LIDAR: Patrolling Sovereign Waters with Accurate Nautical Charts Charting the Torres Strait

Shallow waters, changing tides and seabed instability create difficulties in nautical charting. A prime example is the Torres Strait, which separates Australia’s Cape York, Queensland, from Papua New Guinea. Linking the Coral Sea to the Arafura Sea, the Torres Strait is 160 kilometers wide with an average of 12–15 meters in depth. These shallow waters