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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-057-FA

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Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Estuarine Processes, Hazards, and Ecosystems (LQ00G3S)

Principal Investigator(s): Neil Kamal Ganju

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Sandra Brosnahan

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Photo

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To collect aerial imagery of the Plum Island marsh system to augment a sediment budget study.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2017-11-14

End Date: 2017-11-14

Equipment Used: Aeropoint targets, 3DR Solo mRo, Spectra Precision SP80, Ricoh GR II, MicaSense RedEdge

Information to be Derived: We'll be collecting aerial photographs and ground control points to create photoscan projects.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This field event took place on 11/14/2017 at Plum Island in Newbury, MA. 3DR solos UASs were flown with the Ricoh GRII collecting RGB true color jpegs. Ground control points were collected using spectra precision SP-80 RTK collectors.

Staff: Jonathan Borden, Amy Farris, Daniel Nowacki, Elizabeth Pendleton, Emily Sturdivant

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: A Ricoh GR II camera was mounted on a 3DR Solo Quadcopter UAS.
A MicaSense RedEdge multispectral camera was mounted on a 3DR Solo Quadcopter UAS.


Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

North: 42.76869085 South: 42.7070658 West: -70.86112976 East: -70.75897217




Cramer, J.M., Huntley, E.C., Brosnahan, S.M., Ganju, N.K., Sturdivant, E.J., Pendleton, E.A., Ackerman, S.D., and Borden, J., 2022, Aerial imagery and ground control points collected during an uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) survey at Plum Island Estuary and Parker River NWR (PIEPR), November 14, 2017 and March 28, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Aeropoint targets --- Navigation
3DR Solo mRo --- Navigation
Spectra Precision SP80 --- Navigation
Ricoh GR II --- Photo
MicaSense RedEdge --- Photo

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