Low-altitude aerial imagery obtained with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights over Black Beach, Falmouth, Massachusetts on 18 March 2016 (JPEG images)

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

Imagery acquired with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and coupled with structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry can produce high-resolution topographic and visual reflectance datasets that rival or exceed lidar and orthoimagery. These new techniques are particularly useful for data collection of coastal systems, which requires high temporal and spatial resolution datasets. The U.S. Geological Survey worked in collaboration with members of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Analytics at Black Beach, in Falmouth, Massachusetts to explore scientific research demands on UAS technology for topographic and habitat mapping applications. This project explored the application of consumer-grade UAS platforms as a cost-effective alternative to lidar and aerial/satellite imagery to support coastal studies requiring high-resolution elevation or remote sensing data. A small UAS was used to capture low-altitude photographs and GPS devices were used to survey reference points. These data were processed in an SfM workflow to create an elevation point cloud, an orthomosaic image, and a digital elevation model.

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Metadata Date August 7, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2017 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Example section of image acquired by DJI Phantom 3 on 18 March 2016 at Black Beach, Falmouth, MA. Section includes a target used for ground control.

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date August 7, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2017 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Geological Survey (Point of Contact)
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Access Constraints Use Constraints: Public domain data from the U.S. Government are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the U.S. Geological Survey as the originator of the dataset., Access Constraints: none
Bbox East Long -70.639
Bbox North Lat 41.5871
Bbox South Lat 41.5826
Bbox West Long -70.6452
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Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Graphic Preview Description Example section of image acquired by DJI Phantom 3 on 18 March 2016 at Black Beach, Falmouth, MA. Section includes a target used for ground control.
Graphic Preview File https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/file/get/59b00e05e4b020cdf7d4db3e/?name=bb20160318_UAS_images_browse.JPG
Graphic Preview Type JPEG
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Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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