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Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology for monitoring natural hazardous areas
Convener: Jennifer Roelens  | Co-Conveners: Raffaele Albano , Jens Klump , Ulrich Kueppers , Salvatore Manfreda 
Wed, 26 Apr, 15:30–17:00

The rapid development and growth of UAVs as a remote sensing platform as well as advances in the miniaturization of instrumentation and data systems are catalyzing a renaissance in remote sensing in a variety of geoscience fields. Novelty and ingenuity have combined off-the-shelf, low-cost equipment with sophisticated computer vision, robotics and geomatic engineering. The results are cm-level resolution and accuracy products that can be generated even with cameras costing a few-hundred euros. The unprecedented speed of these development has showed UAVs as good and reliable platform to provide powerful tools for visualisation and monitoring natural phenomena. Especially for inaccessible areas and areas prone to natural hazards. The information captured from drones is furthermore not limited in terms of spatial extent of resolution. This short course will go further into technical details for using drones in areas with active volcanos, areas prone to floods and areas with unstable we ather conditions. Demonstrations on analyzing raw UAV data will also be foreseen. Data and documentation will be available on-line.
This short course is organized in cooperation with NhET (Natural hazard Early career scientists Team) and the ESSI ECS division.