On the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental Monitoring

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/627353
Title:
On the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental Monitoring
Authors:
Manfreda, Salvatore; McCabe, Matthew ( 0000-0002-1279-5272 ) ; Miller, Pauline; Lucas, Richard; Pajuelo Madrigal, Victor; Mallinis, Giorgos ( 0000-0001-7123-5358 ) ; Ben Dor, Eyal; Helman, David; Estes, Lyndon; Ciraolo, Giuseppe ( 0000-0001-6627-0175 ) ; Müllerová, Jana; Tauro, Flavia; De Lima, M. Isabel; De Lima, Joao L.M.P.; Frances, Felix; Caylor, Kelly; Kohv, Marko; Maltese, Antonino; Perks, Matthew; Ruiz-Pérez, Guiomar ( 0000-0002-9966-9438 ) ; Su, Zhongbo; Vico, Giulia; Toth, Brigitta ( 0000-0003-1485-8908 )
Abstract:
Environmental monitoring plays a central role in diagnosing climate and management impacts on natural and agricultural systems, enhancing the understanding hydrological processes, optimizing the allocation and distribution of water resources, and assessing, forecasting and even preventing natural disasters. Nowadays, most monitoring and data collection systems are based upon a combination of ground-based measurements, manned airborne sensors or satellite observations. These data are utilized in describing both small and large scale processes, but have spatiotemporal constraints inherent to each respective collection system. Bridging the unique spatial and temporal divides that limit current monitoring platforms is key to improving our understanding of environmental systems. In this context, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have considerable potential to radically evolve environmental monitoring. UAS-mounted sensors offer an extraordinary opportunity to bridge the existing gap between field observations and traditional air- and space-borne remote sensing, by providing not just high spatial detail over relatively large areas in a cost-effective way, but as importantly providing an entirely new capacity for enhanced temporal retrieval. As well as showcasing recent advances in the field, there is also a need to identify and understand the potential limitations of UAS technology. For these platforms to reach their monitoring potential, a wide spectrum of unresolved issues and applications specific challenges require focused community attention. Indeed, to leverage the full potential of UAS-based approaches, sensing technologies, measurement protocols, post-processing techniques, retrieval algorithms and evaluations techniques need to be harmonized. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive general overview of the existing research on studies and applications of UAS in environmental monitoring in order to suggest users and researchers on future research directions, applications, developments and challenges.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Environmental Science and Engineering Program; Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Citation:
Manfreda S, McCabe M, Miller P, Lucas R, Pajuelo Madrigal V, et al. (2018) On the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental Monitoring. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.20944/preprints201803.0097.v1.
Publisher:
MDPI AG
Issue Date:
16-Mar-2018
DOI:
10.20944/preprints201803.0097.v1
Type:
Working Paper
Sponsors:
The present work has been funded by the COST Action CA16219 ”HARMONIOUS - Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring”. B. Tóth acknowledges financial support by the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI) under grant KH124765. J. Müllerová was supported by projects GA17-13998S and RVO67985939.
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https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/201803.0097/v1
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dc.contributor.authorManfreda, Salvatoreen
dc.contributor.authorMcCabe, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Paulineen
dc.contributor.authorLucas, Richarden
dc.contributor.authorPajuelo Madrigal, Victoren
dc.contributor.authorMallinis, Giorgosen
dc.contributor.authorBen Dor, Eyalen
dc.contributor.authorHelman, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorEstes, Lyndonen
dc.contributor.authorCiraolo, Giuseppeen
dc.contributor.authorMüllerová, Janaen
dc.contributor.authorTauro, Flaviaen
dc.contributor.authorDe Lima, M. Isabelen
dc.contributor.authorDe Lima, Joao L.M.P.en
dc.contributor.authorFrances, Felixen
dc.contributor.authorCaylor, Kellyen
dc.contributor.authorKohv, Markoen
dc.contributor.authorMaltese, Antoninoen
dc.contributor.authorPerks, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorRuiz-Pérez, Guiomaren
dc.contributor.authorSu, Zhongboen
dc.contributor.authorVico, Giuliaen
dc.contributor.authorToth, Brigittaen
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-19T09:05:22Z-
dc.date.available2018-03-19T09:05:22Z-
dc.date.issued2018-03-16en
dc.identifier.citationManfreda S, McCabe M, Miller P, Lucas R, Pajuelo Madrigal V, et al. (2018) On the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental Monitoring. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.20944/preprints201803.0097.v1.en
dc.identifier.doi10.20944/preprints201803.0097.v1en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/627353-
dc.description.abstractEnvironmental monitoring plays a central role in diagnosing climate and management impacts on natural and agricultural systems, enhancing the understanding hydrological processes, optimizing the allocation and distribution of water resources, and assessing, forecasting and even preventing natural disasters. Nowadays, most monitoring and data collection systems are based upon a combination of ground-based measurements, manned airborne sensors or satellite observations. These data are utilized in describing both small and large scale processes, but have spatiotemporal constraints inherent to each respective collection system. Bridging the unique spatial and temporal divides that limit current monitoring platforms is key to improving our understanding of environmental systems. In this context, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have considerable potential to radically evolve environmental monitoring. UAS-mounted sensors offer an extraordinary opportunity to bridge the existing gap between field observations and traditional air- and space-borne remote sensing, by providing not just high spatial detail over relatively large areas in a cost-effective way, but as importantly providing an entirely new capacity for enhanced temporal retrieval. As well as showcasing recent advances in the field, there is also a need to identify and understand the potential limitations of UAS technology. For these platforms to reach their monitoring potential, a wide spectrum of unresolved issues and applications specific challenges require focused community attention. Indeed, to leverage the full potential of UAS-based approaches, sensing technologies, measurement protocols, post-processing techniques, retrieval algorithms and evaluations techniques need to be harmonized. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive general overview of the existing research on studies and applications of UAS in environmental monitoring in order to suggest users and researchers on future research directions, applications, developments and challenges.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe present work has been funded by the COST Action CA16219 ”HARMONIOUS - Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring”. B. Tóth acknowledges financial support by the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI) under grant KH124765. J. Müllerová was supported by projects GA17-13998S and RVO67985939.en
dc.publisherMDPI AGen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.preprints.org/manuscript/201803.0097/v1en
dc.rightsThis is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectUASen
dc.subjectremote sensingen
dc.subjectenvironmental monitoringen
dc.subjectprecision agricultureen
dc.subjectvegetation indicesen
dc.subjectsoil moistureen
dc.subjectriver monitoring.en
dc.titleOn the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental Monitoringen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering Programen
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)en
dc.eprint.versionPre-printen
dc.contributor.institutionDipartimento delle Culture Europee e del Mediterraneo: Architettura, Ambiente, Patrimoni Culturali (DiCEM), Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Matera, Italia.en
dc.contributor.institutionThe James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland UKen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, UK.en
dc.contributor.institutionSvarmi ehf., Háskóli Íslands, Icelanden
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Geography and Human Environment, Tel Aviv University (TAU), Tel Aviv, Israel.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Geography and the Environment, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.en
dc.contributor.institutionGraduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA USAen
dc.contributor.institutionDipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei Materiali, University of Palermo, Italia.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment GIS and Remote Sensing, Institute of Botany, The Czech Acad. Sciences, Průhonice, Czech Republicen
dc.contributor.institutionCentro per l’Innovazione Tecnologica e lo Sviluppo del Territorio (CINTEST), Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italia.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Civil Engineering (MARE), University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.en
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of geology, University of Tartuen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Crop Production Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Water Resources in Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Netherlands.en
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute for Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary; Dept. of Crop Production and Soil Science, University of Pannonia, Keszthely, Hungary.en
kaust.authorMcCabe, Matthewen
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