344 pages | 9 Color Illus. | 153 B/W Illus.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are a rapidly evolving technology with an expanding array of diverse applications. In response to the continuing evolution of this technology, this book discusses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and similar systems, platforms and sensors, as well as exploring some of their environmental applications. It explains how they can be used for mapping, monitoring, and modeling a wide variety of different environmental aspects, and at the same time addresses some of the current constraints placed on realizing the potential use of the technology such as s flight duration and distance, safety, and the invasion of privacy etc.
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Unmanned Aerial Remote Sensing: UAS for Environmental Applications is an excellent resource for any practitioner utilizing remote sensing and other geospatial technologies for environmental applications, such as conservation, research, and planning. Students and academics in information science, environment and natural resources, geosciences, and geography, will likewise find this comprehensive book a useful and informative resource.
Introduction. From radio controlled model aircraft to drones. Aquatic vegetation monitoring with UAS. UAV for riverine environments. Low-cost UAVs for environmental monitoring, mapping, and modelling of the coastal zone. UAS applications to coastal environments. UAV image acquisition using structure from motion to visualise a coastal dune system. Monitoring, mapping, and modelling saltmarsh with UAVs. Autonomous UAV-based insect monitoring. UAV imagery to monitor, map, and model a vineyard canopy. Forest ecosystem monitoring using UAS. Monitoring oil and gas pipelines with small UAV systems. Drone-based imaging in archaeology. UAS applications in the built environment. The application of UAVs to inform coastal area management. From land to sea. A question of UAS ground control. Launch and recovery system for improved fixed-wing UAV deployment. Epilogue.