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Published Feb. 11, 2019

MOBILE, Ala. - In a ceremony held Jan. 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado, four physical scientists of US Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District who play a vital role on the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) Team were among the professionals presented the organization’s prestigious Outstanding Team Achievement in Lidar Award.

“It’s great to see our team recognized for the cutting edge work they perform on a daily basis supporting numerous Federal and State agencies,” proudly announced Col. Sebastien P. Joly, Commander of the Mobile District. “The data they provide and their innovative approaches to modeling directly supports the scientific community and various senior-level decision making process for the Nation’s benefit. The Mobile District is immensely proud to call them teammates!”

The JALBTCX Team is an interagency collaboration in airborne coastal mapping and charting among USACE, the Naval Oceanographic Office, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey. JALBTCX Director Jennifer Wozencraft, a research physical scientist in the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center’s coastal and hydraulics laboratory, heads a team of various professionals that includes Mobile District physical scientists: Heath Harwood, Chris Macon, Nick Johnson, and Charlene Sylvester.

JALBTCX won the award for its efforts in acquiring airborne lidar bathymetry multiple times along the U.S. coastline as well as in Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories. Additionally, the team acquired emergency response data following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Matthew, Irma, Maria and Florence.




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