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Airborne to UAS lidar: An analysis of UAS lidar ground control targets

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Less-lee Davidson, Professor Jon MillsORCiD, Professor Ian Haynes



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© Authors 2019.Creating accurate models of the Earth's surface is an essential step when analysing geomorphological changes through time. Alongside photogrammetry, airborne lidar is an established method for measuring and modelling the Earth's surface. However, improvements in size, weight and power requirements mean that lidar is now increasingly capable of being operated from Unpiloted Aircraft Systems (UASs). While academic literature is currently weighted towards issues associated with airborne laser scanning, UASs operate under different parameters to piloted aeroplanes and helicopters. In order to achieve desired results from UAS lidar, mission planning parameters and ground control requirements therefore need to be tailored to data collection from UAS platforms. This paper presents the preliminary results of how a variety control target designs responded to a UAS lidar survey flown along different trajectories at different heights above ground level. This research draws upon previous airborne laser scanning work and aims to provide guidance on considerations for UAS lidar specific ground control targets.

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Author(s): Davidson L, Mills JP, Haynes I, Augarde C, Bryan P, Douglas M

Editor(s): G. Vosselman, S.J. Oude Elberink, and M.Y. Yang

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019

Year of Conference: 2019

Pages: 255-262

Online publication date: 04/06/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 02/07/2019

ISSN: 2194-9034

Publisher: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


DOI: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W13-255-2019

Series Title: ISPRS Archives