November 2013 Blog Posts (5)

Ecosynther v0.7 Release

We are happy to announce the release of source code and an Amazon EC2 AMI instance of the Ecosynther v0.7 SFM pipeline.  Ecosynther is a free and open-source computer vision structure from motion (SFM) software package that can be used to generate 3D point cloud models and related products from…

Added by Marc Olano on November 26, 2013 at 7:38pm — 11 Comments

UMBC Crown Mapping

Over the course of this project, we have done numerous flights to map our two forests on the UMBC campus. The recent LIDAR scan also added another layer of detail to our aerial images. Needless to say, we have a very good idea of how each forest looks from above. However, we were interested to see if we would get similar results from mapping the tree canopy from the…


Added by Shane McFaul on November 21, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

USGS Tree Species Distribution Maps

The tree identification process on the UMBC campus is coming to an end. We have approximately 45 trees that need to be identified before we add the finishing touches on our data collection. With the amount of diverse species present on campus, it helps to know their general distribution in our area. I was looking through a few sites to find possible tree species distribution…


Added by Shane McFaul on November 13, 2013 at 9:37pm — No Comments

The start of a possible species invasion?

After another week of sifting through the spreadsheets for the trees on UMBC, I noticed yet another pattern. The Ailanthus tree species (Ailanthus altissima), also known as the Tree of Heaven, was identified a number of times on campus. However, it was only identified in the Herbert Run section of campus, and it was only found in 4 plots.…


Added by Shane McFaul on November 6, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Online Ecosynth Articles Circumnavigate the Internet

So I was reading over the DIYdrones posts (as I usually do), and I came across an interesting article

 Particularly: the article was about us!  Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine and current CEO of…


Added by Stephen Gienow on November 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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