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Using a micro-UAV for ultra-high resolution multi-sensor observations of Antarctic moss beds


Lucieer, A and Robinson, S and Turner, D and Harwin, S and Kelcey, J, Using a micro-UAV for ultra-high resolution multi-sensor observations of Antarctic moss beds, Proceedings of the 22nd International Society for Photogammetry and Remote Sensing Congress, 25 August - 1 September 2012, Melbourne, Australia, Internat Arch Photogram Remote Sens & Spat Inf Sci, pp. 429-433. ISSN 2194-9034 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXIX-B1-429-2012


This study is the first to use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for mapping moss beds in Antarctica. Mosses can be used as indicators for the regional effects of climate change. Mapping and monitoring their extent and health is therefore important. UAV aerial photography provides ultra-high resolution spatial data for this purpose. We developed a technique to extract an extremely dense 3D point cloud from overlapping UAV aerial photography based on structure from motion (SfM) algorithms. The combination of SfM and patch-based multi-view stereo image vision algorithms resulted in a 2 cm resolution digital terrain model (DTM). This detailed topographic information combined with vegetation indices derived from a 6-band multispectral sensor enabled the assessment of moss bed health. This novel UAV system has allowed us to map different environmental characteristics of the moss beds at ultra-high resolution providing us with a better understanding of these fragile Antarctic ecosystems. The paper provides details on the different UAV instruments and the image processing framework resulting in DEMs, vegetation indices, and terrain derivatives.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Antarctica, moss beds, Structure from Motion (SfM) point cloud, terrain mapping, multispectral imagery
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Lucieer, A (Professor Arko Lucieer)
UTAS Author:Turner, D (Dr Darren Turner)
UTAS Author:Harwin, S (Mr Stephen Harwin)
UTAS Author:Kelcey, J (Mr Joshua Kelcey)
ID Code:131717
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2019-04-01
Last Modified:2019-10-16
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