1st Edition

Applications of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Best Practices and Case Studies

Edited By J.B. Sharma Copyright 2020
    308 Pages 29 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    308 Pages 29 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    308 Pages 29 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Advances in high spatial resolution mapping capabilities and the new rules established by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States for the operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) have provided new opportunities to acquire aerial data at a lower cost and more safely versus other methods. A similar opening of the skies for sUAS applications is being allowed in countries across the world. Also, sUAS can access hazardous or inaccessible areas during disaster events and provide rapid response when needed. Applications of Small Unmanned Aircraft systems: Best Practices and Case Studies is the first book that brings together the best practices of sUAS applied to a broad range of issues in high spatial resolution mapping projects. Very few sUAS pilots have the knowledge of how the collected imagery is processed into value added mapping products that have commercial and/or academic import. Since the field of sUAS applications is just a few years old, this book covers the need for a compendium of case studies to guide the planning, data collection, and most importantly data processing and map error issues, with the range of sensors available to the user community.

    Written by experienced academics and professionals, this book serves as a guide on how to formulate sUAS based projects, from choice of a sUAS, flight planning for a particular application, sensors and data acquisition, data processing software, mapping software and use of the high spatial resolution maps produced for particular types of geospatial modeling.


    • Focus on sUAS based data acquisition and processing into map products

    • Broad range of case studies by highly experienced academics

    • Practical guidance on sUAS hardware, sensors, and software utilized

    • Compilation of workflow insights from expert professors and professionals

    • Relevant to academia, government, and industry

    • Positional and thematic map accuracy, UAS curriculum development and workflow replicability issues

    This book would be an excellent text for upper-level undergraduate to graduate level sUAS mapping application courses. It is also invaluable as a reference for educators designing sUAS based curriculum as well as for potential sUAS users to assess the scope of mapping projects that can be done with this technology.

    1. sUAS Data Accuracy in Photogrammetric Workflows. 2. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Thematic Map Accuracy Assessment. 3. Multiuser Concepts and Workflow Replicability in sUAS Applications. 4. The sUAS Educational Frontier: Mapping an Educational Pathway for the Future Workforce. 5. Federal Government Applications of UAS Technology. 6. sUAS for Wildlife Conservation - Assessing Habitat Quality of the Endangered Black-Footed Ferret. 7. Multi-View, Deep Learning, and Contextual analysis: Promising Approaches for sUAS Land Cover Classification. 8. UAS for Nature Conservation - Monitoring Invasive Species. 9. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and Structure from Motion for Identifying, Documenting, and Monitoring Cultural and Natural Resources. 10. New Insights Offered by UAS for River Monitoring. 11. The Campus as a High Spatial Resolution Mapping Laboratory - Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Data Acquisition Analytics, and Educational Issues. 12. Flying UAVs in Constrained Environments: Best Practices for Flying within Complex Forest Canopies.


    Dr. J.B. Sharma is a Professor and Assistant Department Head of Physics at the University of North Georgia. He holds the ‘Eminent Scholar of Teaching and Learning’ endowed chair since 2009 and has been a faculty member in the University System of Georgia for the past 34 years. He has a B.S in Physics from Jacksonville state University and a M.S. in Physics from the University of Georgia. He has a PhD in Geography from the University of Georgia with a specialization in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science. His is very interested in physics and remote sensing literacy issues in education and novel curricular development that promotes these disciplines. He was the CASE/Carnegie Georgia Professor of the Year in 1999. He received the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) 2015 Leidos-Estes Memorial teaching excellence award and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2018. He serves on the Board of Directors of AmericaView which is a national consortium promoting remote sensing education, research and outreach. His research interest are physics and remote sensing education, small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) applications and Geographic Object Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA).