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2020 Emerging Applications for sUAS (uncrewed aerial systems)

Course Information

  • Dates: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Time: 12-2 pm PT | 1-3 pm MT | 2-4 pm CT | 3-5 pm ET
  • Location: Online via Zoom

The use of small Uncrewed Aerial Systems (sUAS) as platforms for data capture in the geosciences has rapidly increased in recent years. Adoption has been driven by lower-cost hardware, smaller and lightweight sensors, the availability of flight planning and data processing software, and increasing clarity in national and international aviation regulations. sUAS have several advantages when compared to other “traditional” data collection methods: (1) the ability to collect higher spatial and or temporal resolution data; (2) a reduced impact on sensitive environments being monitored; (3) lowered risks to workers and equipment involved in data collection in dangerous environments; (4) a flexible platform from which a wide range of parameters might be monitored simultaneously, and (5) access to data that would otherwise be practically inaccessible, all (6) often at a significantly lower cost than traditional methods might incur. This session will review the current state of facility support for sUAS in support of geodetic and geoscience research, will highlight emerging applications and recent science results enabled by sUAS, and will offer the community an opportunity to discuss future needs, opportunities, and challenges.


  • Christopher Crosby (UNAVCO,
  • Peter LaFemina (Penn State University)


  • Christopher Crosby (UNAVCO, - Geodetic Imaging at UNAVCO
  • Keith Williams (UNAVCO) - UNAVCO/GAGE sUAS capabilities and example support
  • Peter LaFemina (Penn State University) - UAS use in volcanology
  • Julia Carr (Penn State University) - Geomorphic structural mapping of remote bedrock river corridors using km-scale sUAS surveys
  • Brian Yanites (Indiana University) - Drones with lasers
  • Sharon Bywater-Reyes (University of Northern Colorado) - Integrating UAS-SM into remote field teaching


The session was not recorded due to the interactive nature of the discussion but presentation slides (except LaFemina's) and recorded chat box comments are below

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