Using sUAS for Coastal and Forestry Assessments

https://eros.usgs.gov/doi-remote-sensing-activities/sites/default/files/public/Pulse_yellowscan_lidar.JPG / Image Credit:  Mark A Bauer, USGS

https://eros.usgs.gov/doi-remote-sensing-activities/sites/default/files/public/Pulse_yellowscan_lidar.JPG / Image Credit: Mark A Bauer, USGS

What information is available on the use of sUAS for coastal mapping, beach management, coastal damage assessment after hurricanes, and forestry assessment?

DSIAC was asked for information on techniques and sensors for use on small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for shoreline mapping, coastal beach management, and forestry monitoring.  DSIAC did a search of open sources for relevant publications and research projects to determine different UAS methods.  The most promising techniques include light detection and ranging (LiDAR), photogrammetry, and multispectral imaging.  Therefore, DSIAC compiled a table of some LiDAR sensors designed for sUAS.  Finally, DSIAC listed contact information for a DSIAC subject matter expert organization that might be able to further collaborate in this area.  This information was compiled in this report and delivered to the inquirer.

Inquiry Completion Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019
Distribution Statement: 
A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.