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dc.contributor.authorBruder, Brittany L.-
dc.contributor.authorRenaud, Alexander D.-
dc.contributor.authorSpore, Nicholas J.-
dc.contributor.authorBrodie, Katherine L.-
dc.identifier.govdocERDC/CHL SR-18-2-
dc.descriptionSpecial Reporten_US
dc.description.abstractThe 2017 Duck Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Pilot Experiment was designed to evaluate existing and new UAS-based survey and monitoring techniques beneficial to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management (FRM). The diverse array of UAS sensors (lidar, multispectral packages, and high-resolution cameras) can collect data to estimate topography, bathymetry, terrain, land cover, vegetation, and structures at high temporal and spatial resolution. The experiment took place on 5–24 June 2017 at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Field Research Facility. Nine UAS flight teams from the federal government, academia, and the private sector conducted 180 UAS flights with 10 different UAS platforms as well as 2 traditional fixed-wing plane overhead surveys. The UAS flights combined for over 2,782 minutes of air time across estuarine, dune, beach, and nearshore environments, including various types of natural features and man-made infrastructure. Such datasets provide the foundation for quantitatively comparing the pros and cons of different platforms, sensor packages, and processing techniques against each other as well as traditional survey methods. This special report summarizes the cooperative June 2017 UAS for FRM pilot field experiment; sections detail participating groups, airframes, field preparation/field operations, and data dissemination.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPrepared for Flood and Coastal Systems Research and Development (F&C) Program and the Coastal and Ocean Data Systems (CODS) Programen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipProject 468426, "Coastal Storm Damage Reduction"-
dc.description.sponsorshipProject 468431, "Coastal Ocean Data Systems"-
dc.description.tableofcontentsAbstract i Figures and Tables iv Preface vi Abbreviations vii 1 Introduction 1 1.1 Purpose 1 1.2 Background 1 1.2.1 Flood Risk Management (FRM) Research and Development (R&D) needs 1 1.2.2 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – A new FRM tool 3 1.3 Approach 7 2 Participation 10 2.1 Call for participation 10 2.2 Participants 11 2.2.1 U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) 12 2.2.2 ERDC Geospatial Research Laboratory/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (GRL/NOAA) 13 2.2.3 ERDC Environmental Laboratory (EL) 13 2.2.4 ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) 13 2.2.5 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Woods Hole 14 2.2.6 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Santa Cruz 14 2.2.7 Virginia Commonwealth University/GRL 14 2.2.8 BirdsEyeView Aerobotics 14 2.2.9 PrecisionHawk 14 2.2.10 ERDC Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) 15 2.2.11 USGS St. Petersburg/USGS-Woods Hole/Top Cover of Virginia (TCV) 15 2.3 UAS platform comparison 15 2.4 Technical demonstration 16 3 Field Site and Control Data 18 3.1 Field site 18 3.2 Areas of interest and proposed flight lines 21 3.3 Target placement 23 3.4 Control surveys 25 3.5 Meteorological conditions 31 3.6 Aviation awareness 33 4 Data Collection 34 4.1 Flight operations 34 4.2 Example flight lines 35 4.3 Flight summary statistics 36 5 Data Aggregation and Dissemination 40 5.1 Data aggregation and organization 40 5.2 Data dissemination 41 6 Summary 42 6.1 Logistical highlights and future improvements 42 6.1.1 Experiment setup 43 6.1.2 Experiment operations 43 6.1.3 Experiment participation and extension 44 6.2 Next steps 44 References 45 Appendix A: Flight Logs 48 Report Documentation Page-
dc.format.extent66 pages / 8.673Mb-
dc.publisherCoastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSpecial Report (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.) );no.ERDC/CHL SR-18-2-
dc.rightsApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited-
dc.sourceThis Digital Resources was created in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.-
dc.subjectData collection platformsen_US
dc.subjectDrone aircraften_US
dc.subjectFloods—Risk managementen_US
dc.subjectMicro air vehiclesen_US
dc.subjectStorm surges—Risk managementen_US
dc.titleEvaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Flood Risk Management : Field Experiment Conspectusen_US
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