Current Practices in UAS-based Environmental Monitoring

Tmušic, Goran and Manfreda, Salvatore and Aasen, Helge and R. James, Mike and Gonçalves, Gil and Ben-Dor, Eyal and Brook, Anna and Polinova, Maria and Arranz Justel, Jose Juan and Mészáros, János and Arranz Justel, Jose Juan and Zhuang, Ruodan and Johansen, Kasper and Malbetau, Yoann and Pedroso de Lima, Isabel and Davids, Corine and Herban, Sorin and McCabe, Matthew F. (2020). Current Practices in UAS-based Environmental Monitoring. "Remote Sensing", v. 12 (n. 6); ISSN 2072-4292.


Title: Current Practices in UAS-based Environmental Monitoring
  • Tmušic, Goran
  • Manfreda, Salvatore
  • Aasen, Helge
  • R. James, Mike
  • Gonçalves, Gil
  • Ben-Dor, Eyal
  • Brook, Anna
  • Polinova, Maria
  • Arranz Justel, Jose Juan
  • Mészáros, János
  • Arranz Justel, Jose Juan
  • Zhuang, Ruodan
  • Johansen, Kasper
  • Malbetau, Yoann
  • Pedroso de Lima, Isabel
  • Davids, Corine
  • Herban, Sorin
  • McCabe, Matthew F.
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Remote Sensing
Date: 20 March 2020
ISSN: 2072-4292
Volume: 12
Freetext Keywords: UAS-based mapping; Environmental monitoring; Effective workflow; Guidelines
Faculty: E.T.S.I. en Topografía, Geodesia y Cartografía (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Topográfica y Cartografía
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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With the increasing role that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are playing in data collection for environmental studies, two key challenges relate to harmonizing and providing standardized guidance for data collection, and also establishing protocols that are applicable across a broad range of environments and conditions. In this context, a network of scientists are cooperating within the framework of the Harmonious Project to develop and promote harmonized mapping strategies and disseminate operational guidance to ensure best practice for data collection and interpretation. The culmination of these efforts is summarized in the present manuscript. Through this synthesis study, we identify the many interdependencies of each step in the collection and processing chain, and outline approaches to formalize and ensure a successful workflow and product development. Given the number of environmental conditions, constraints, and variables that could possibly be explored from UAS platforms, it is impractical to provide protocols that can be applied universally under all scenarios. However, it is possible to collate and systematically order the fragmented knowledge on UAS collection and analysis to identify the best practices that can best ensure the streamlined and rigorous development of scientific products.

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UnspecifiedCOST Action CA16219HARMONIOUSUnspecifiedHarmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring

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Item ID: 65905
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DOI: 10.3390/rs12061001
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 09 Feb 2021 09:16
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 14:59
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