Harald Sternberg


Optical underwater sensing – Challenges in hydrography

For about one century the determination of the water depths has been made by evaluating the running time of ultrasound under water.

In connection with the development / improvement of Lidar on flying carrier platforms, laser scanners have been optimized as well in the last two decades. They can detect the surface and they are also able to get through water to detect the topography of the ground when the sight is correspondingly good.

Initial ship-bound laser scanners or systems on autonomous underwater vehicles are in use – they will become even more important for many applications. It will be interesting, when, in addition to the pure running time, the laser beam return signal can also be evaluated, similar to ultrasound or terrestrial laser scanners where it is already feasible. This way it would be possible to get more information about the soil condition.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2017: Univ.-Prof. Hydrography and Geodesy
  • Since 2009: Vice President for Studies and Teaching, HafenCity University Hamburg
  • 2005 - 2006: Dean of the department Geomatics, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg
  • Since 2001: Univ.-Prof. Geomatics │ Engineering Geodesy and Geodetic Metrology
  • 1999: Doctorate on the subject »To determine the trajectory of land vehicles with a hybrid measurement system«
  • 1996 – 2001: Research assistant, Institute for Geodesy, Universität der Bundeswehr München
  • 1991 – 1996: Academic associate, Institute for Geodesy, Universität der Bundeswehr München
  • 1987 – 1991: Administrative Chain of Command as Artillery Officer
  • 1983 – 1986: Study of Surveying, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Thesis: »Investigations on the orientation behaviour of the space stabilized inertial platform with ESG-gyros«