Findings from DOI/USGS: Will Data from UAS Sensors Overtake Manned & Satellite Sources?
The collection and analysis techniques of aerial imagery from sensors onboard UAS are actually not significantly different than that of traditional data historically captured by satellites, manned aircraft and many other remote sensing platforms for several decades by USGS scientists. The advent of UAS however, does provide exciting new capabilities by increasing data collection mobility, resolution, and safety, as well as reducing operational data collection costs. Results from the previous nine years of UAS research by the USGS has provided a wealth of valuable knowledge and confirms the vast potential of the UAV as a platform for a range of sensors –hyperspectral, multispectral, LiDAR, radar, thermal, chemical/air sampling, radio relay/tracking to name a few – a nifty tool for researchers and land managers. Jeff will share latest findings and lessons learned in use of various sensors for real-world problem solving, discuss methods employed for integrating and processing data sets, and a glimpse into the future.