Principles and practice of acquiring drone-based image data in marine environments

Joyce, K.E., Duce, S., Leahy, S.M., Leon, J., and Maier, S.W. (2019) Principles and practice of acquiring drone-based image data in marine environments. Marine and Freshwater Research, 70 (7). pp. 952-963.

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With almost limitless applications across marine and freshwater environments, the number of people using, and wanting to use, remotely piloted aircraft systems (or drones) is increasing exponentially. However, successfully using drones for data collection and mapping is often preceded by hours of researching drone capabilities and functionality followed by numerous limited-success flights as users tailor their approach to data collection through trial and error. Working over water can be particularly complex and the published research using drones rarely documents the methodology and practical information in sufficient detail to allow others, with little remote pilot experience, to replicate them or to learn from their mistakes. This can be frustrating and expensive, particularly when working in remote locations where the window of access is small. The aim of this paper is to provide a practical guide to drone-based data acquisition considerations. We hope to minimise the amount of trial and error required to obtain high-quality, map-ready data by outlining the principles and practice of data collection using drones, particularly in marine and freshwater environments. Importantly, our recommendations are grounded in remote sensing and photogrammetry theory so that the data collected are appropriate for making measurements and conducting quantitative data analysis.

Item ID: 54529
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-6059
Keywords: high resolution; thermal; three-dimensional mapping; UAS; UAV; unmanned aerial system; unmanned aerial vehicle
Copyright Information: Published Version: © CSIRO 2019. Accepted Version may be made open access is an Institutional Repository without embargo.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: ARC LIEF grant LE150100181, JCU development grant, JCU rising star grant
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 03:21
FoR Codes: 40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401304 Photogrammetry and remote sensing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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