Presentation Title

PlaneCam Lite: An on-going effort to create a drone-based shoreline mapping system

Session Title

Mapping and Data

Conference Track

Salish Sea Snapshots

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2016 : Vancouver, B.C.)

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Abstract

In this talk we will describe our efforts since 2012 to develop and deploy a drone-based shoreline mapping system. The system couples a hexacopter built around an APM 2.6 autopilot with a downward looking point-and-shoot digital camera. Photos collected by the camera will be processed using a Structure-for-Motion work flow that can produce both orthoimagery and high quality digital elevation models.

The system is in development to augment "PlaneCam", developed by Andy Ritchie at Olympic National Park. Deployed from an airplane, PlaneCam has been used since 2012 to create, using a Structure-for-Motion work-flow, monthly orthoimages and digital elevation models of the Elwha River watershed. Our drone-based system was designed specifically to map the Elwha shoreline with greater frequency and flexibility than the PlaneCam system can, but obstacles have prevented us from full operation. Eventually we hope to deploy it in other coastal areas, and use it as a general shoreline mapping and monitoring platform.

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PlaneCam Lite: An on-going effort to create a drone-based shoreline mapping system

2016SSEC

In this talk we will describe our efforts since 2012 to develop and deploy a drone-based shoreline mapping system. The system couples a hexacopter built around an APM 2.6 autopilot with a downward looking point-and-shoot digital camera. Photos collected by the camera will be processed using a Structure-for-Motion work flow that can produce both orthoimagery and high quality digital elevation models.

The system is in development to augment "PlaneCam", developed by Andy Ritchie at Olympic National Park. Deployed from an airplane, PlaneCam has been used since 2012 to create, using a Structure-for-Motion work-flow, monthly orthoimages and digital elevation models of the Elwha River watershed. Our drone-based system was designed specifically to map the Elwha shoreline with greater frequency and flexibility than the PlaneCam system can, but obstacles have prevented us from full operation. Eventually we hope to deploy it in other coastal areas, and use it as a general shoreline mapping and monitoring platform.