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Title: Evaluation of unmanned aircraft system coastal data collection and horizontal accuracy : a case study at Garden City Beach, South Carolina
Authors: Reif, Molly K.
Bourne, Scott G.
Laird, Jennifer G.
Berry, Thomas E.
Wilkens, Justin L.
Philley, Kevin D.
Matheson, Kenneth B.
Keywords: Coasts
Shorelines
Beaches
Garden City Beach (S.C.)
Data collection platforms
Drone aircraft
Remote sensing
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/EL TR-20-7
Abstract: The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) aims to evaluate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology to support flood risk management applications, examining data collection and processing methods and exploring potential for coastal capabilities. Foundational evaluation of the technology is critical for understanding data application and determining best practices for data collection and processing. This study demonstrated UAS Multispectral (MS) and Red Green Blue (RGB) image efficacy for coastal monitoring using Garden City Beach, South Carolina, as a case study. Relative impacts to horizontal accuracy were evaluated under varying field scenarios (flying altitude, viewing angle, and use of onboard Real-Time Kinematic–Global Positioning System), level of commercial off-the-shelf software processing precision (default optimal versus high or low levels) and processing time, and number of ground control points applied during postprocessing (default number versus additional points). Many data sets met the minimum horizontal accuracy requirements designated by USACE Engineering Manual 2015. Data collection and processing methods highlight procedures resulting in high resolution UAS MS and RGB imagery that meets a variety of USACE project monitoring needs for site plans, beach renourishment and hurricane protection projects, project conditions, planning and feasibility studies, floodplain mapping, water quality analysis, flood control studies, emergency management, and ecosystem restoration.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/EL TR-20-7
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/38281
http://dx.doi.org/10.21079/11681/38281
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