UNH Ocean Seminar

The Latest in Geospatial Mapping Technologies and Procedures for Coastal Mapping

Qassim Abdullah, Ph.D., CP, PLS
VP & Chief Scientist


Friday, Sep. 17, 2021, 3:10pm
Chase 105

Recent advances in lidar technology, digital cameras, single and multi-beam sonar, and unmanned systems or drones, as well as the improved quality and accuracy of the data these innovative technologies provide, have provided real opportunities to support many surveying and mapping activities on and offshore. New lidar technologies such as Geiger mode and single photon lidar are ideal for mapping massive projects with heavy vegetation cover, like those seen in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Products from these technologies are characterized by high-spatial, multi-temporal and high-fidelity resolution. Lidar sensors that utilize green light can be used for dual survey of onshore and offshore sites, making them a very robust option for coastal and inland water body mapping. This presentation will focus on these emerging technologies and the latest lidar system data and advanced digital cameras, many of which we have never seen before, that are being utilized to benefit local, state and federal agencies as they monitor natural resources, coastal mapping and engineering design. I also will touch on the tremendous advances that have been made in unmanned aircraft systems and uncrewed underwater vessels in the last few years and will discuss and categorize the quality and the accuracy of products acquired by these new sensors for both manned and unmanned platforms.


Dr. Qassim Abdullah is an accomplished scientist and thought leader with more than 40 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. He obtained his doctorate degree in photogrammetry from the University of Washington in Seattle. His current responsibilities include designing and managing strategic programs to develop and implement new remote sensing technologies focused on meeting the evolving needs of geospatial users. Currently, Dr. Abdullah is the Vice President and Chief Scientist for Woolpert Geospatial Services. In addition, Dr. Abdullah serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and at Penn State. Dr. Abdullah is also a member of the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) and is on two of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committees.

Dr. Abdullah publishes a monthly column “Mapping Matters,” in the ASPRS journal PE&RS. Dr. Abdullah is a Fellow with the ASPRS and the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photogrammetric Fairchild award. Dr. Abdullah is a certified photogrammetrist by ASPRS and licensed professional surveyor and mapper with the states of Florida, Oregon, Virginia, and South Carolina. He is also a certified thermographer by the FLIR Infrared Training Center and a Certified GEOINT Professional in Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (CGP-R) by the USGIF.