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Applications of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Best Practices and Case Studies, 1st Edition

Edited by J.B. Sharma

CRC Press

320 pages | 29 Color Illus. | 68 B/W Illus.

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Advances in high spatial resolution mapping capabilities and the new rules established by the Federal Aviation Administration 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. 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 in the sUAS pilot community have 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, with the range of sensors available to this 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

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.

Table of Contents

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Thematic Map Accuracy Assessment. Federal Government Applications of UAS Technology. Disaster Management; Workflow for sUAS Operation; sUAS for Disaster Response. Using the sUAS DACUM for Curricular Development; LULC Applications Addressing Industry’s UAS Priorities: Defining a Curriculum Pathway for the sUAS Workforce. sUAS in Agriculture/Hyperspectral Imaging with sUAS; Hyperspectral UAS Imaging for Precision Agriculture. Multiuser Concepts and Workflow Replicability in sUAS Applications. 2D and 3D Models with sUAS Based Optical and Thermal Imaging for Research and Teaching. Flying UAVs Within Complex Forest Canopies. sUAS for Semi-Arid Rangeland Management. sUAS in Transportation. sUAS in Nature Conservation – Mapping Invasive Species.

About the Editor

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).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems