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The use of UAVs for monitoring land degradation
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Land degradation is one of the causes of desertification of drylands in the Mediterranean. UAVs can be used to monitor and document the various variables that cause desertification in drylands, including overgrazing, aridity, vegetation loss, etc. This paper examines the use of UAVs and accompanying sensors to monitor overgrazing, vegetation stress and aridity in the study area. UAV images can be used to generate digital elevation models (DEMs) to examine the changes in microtopography as well as ortho-photos were used to detect changes in vegetation patterns. The combined data of the digital elevation models and the orthophotos can be used to identify the mechanisms for desertification in the study area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10428, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications VIII, 104280E (5 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279512
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Kyriacos Themistocleous, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10428:
Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications VIII
Ulrich Michel; Karsten Schulz, Editor(s)

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