May 2013 Blog Posts (4)

Drone Applications in Geology

I read this pretty cool press release from the University of Bergen on using drones to help identify potential reserves of oil.

While the video doesn't do a great job of actually demonstrating the copters functioning, it is pretty neat to see how their equipment…


Added by Andrew Daniel Jablonski on May 21, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ecosynth MK-Ardu Octo Hybrid Parts List

I have posted a public Google Spreadsheet parts list of the Mikrokopter-Arducopter hybrid that we use. Stephen has developed a craft that uses Mikrokopter motors and frame and Arducopter flight electronics. With four 5000 mAh batteries it can achieve flights around 30 minutes - perhaps longer with some in-development modifications including larger batteries with better…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on May 16, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments

Estimating Vineyard Canopy LAI with a SfM Point Cloud

Hello all,

My name is Adam, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Texas State University-San Marcos in San Marcos, Texas (between Austin and San Antonio).  I, along with my co-author and advisor Jennifer Jensen, recently published a paper in Remote Sensing using a UAV-collected structure from motion (SfM) point cloud to estimate vineyard canopy LAI at a study vineyard in the Texas Hill Country.  

Using the point cloud instead of a lidar dataset, we…


Added by Adam Mathews on May 9, 2013 at 3:33pm — 2 Comments

Public opinions

What is a way to better inform the public of our goals? How do we prevent misinformed people from compromising our work? For my blog post this week I want to talk about one of the issues I have seen while working in the field. Sometimes people come to our plots and rip tags off trees or remove flagging etc. How…


Added by Darryl Wise Jr. on May 6, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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