Monitoring and risk assessment of Taoyuan ponds using an unmanned surface vehicle with multibeam echo sounder, ground-penetrating radar, and electrical resistivity tomography

H. C. Shih, C. M. Lee, M. K. Ho, C. Y. Kuo, T. S. Liao, C. P. Chen, T. K. Yeh

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Abstract

Ponds are a unique agricultural irrigation method with a long history in the Taoyuan area. However, most of them lack accurate spatial information, such as water depth, water surface area, and effective water storage capacity. In this study, the water depth of pond was measured using an unmanned surface vehicle, which has the advantage of being able to operate in shallow waters and in areas that are inaccessible to manned boats. The results show that it can rapidly provide 3D point cloud and an underwater 50 cm gridded digital elevation model with an accuracy of 6.7 cm, which can be used to identify structural defects at the pond bed and the embankment and to accurately estimate the water surface area and effective water storage capacity. The nests with diameters of 30 to 70 cm dug by male tilapia to attract female tilapia for spawning can also be found. In addition, the ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity tomography were carried out to successfully investigate the electricity-related properties of the internal structure of the embankment and the leakage locations of pond. In conjunction with the maintenance experience of the Taoyuan Management Office, a risk reference index was proposed for the safety management.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2323598
JournalGeomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences

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