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Guidelines on the use of structure-from-motion photogrammetry in geomorphic research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Pauline Miller, Professor Jon MillsORCiD


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© 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. As a topographic modelling technique, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry combines the utility of digital photogrammetry with a flexibility and ease of use derived from multi-view computer vision methods. In conjunction with the rapidly increasing availability of imagery, particularly from unmanned aerial vehicles, SfM photogrammetry represents a powerful tool for geomorphological research. However, to fully realize this potential, its application must be carefully underpinned by photogrammetric considerations, surveys should be reported in sufficient detail to be repeatable (if practical) and results appropriately assessed to understand fully the potential errors involved. To deliver these goals, robust survey and reporting must be supported through (i) using appropriate survey design, (ii) applying suitable statistics to identify systematic error (bias) and to estimate precision within results, and (iii) propagating uncertainty estimates into the final data products. © 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): James MR, Chandler JH, Eltner A, Fraser C, Miller PE, Mills JP, Noble T, Robson S, Lane SN

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Year: 2019

Volume: 44

Issue: 10

Pages: 2081-2084

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 17/04/2019

Acceptance date: 08/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0197-9337

ISSN (electronic): 1096-9837

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd


DOI: 10.1002/esp.4637