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Field Activity Details for field activity 2019-009-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Other (Other)

Principal Investigator(s): Neil Kamal Ganju

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Sandra Brosnahan

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Quantify sediment volume change in the a tidal estuary using UAS photogrammetric techniques.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole MA

Start Date: 2019-03-28

End Date: 2019-03-29

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

Information to be Derived: Geotagged photos will be collected used for creating photogrammetric products (DEM's, orthophotos, point clouds)

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This project took place at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury Ma, on March 28th 2019. We collected UAS images with a 3DR solo from The MicaSense RedEdge camera, and the Ricoh GRII. Aeropoints targets and traditional vinyl targets were placed as ground control points and were georeferenced using spectra precision SP-80 RTK rovers. The validation for the benchmarks values used a point at the Parker River Boat launch for localization. The knob was used to deploy targets.

Staff: Seth Ackerman, Dann Blackwood, Sandra Brosnahan, Barry Irwin, Elizabeth Pendleton, Emily Sturdivant

Affiliate Staff:

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


Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

North: 42.78383244 South: 42.75633998 West: -70.83950043 East: -70.79298019




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
Ricoh GR II --- Photo
MicaSense RedEdge --- Photo
Digital camera --- Photo
Spectra Precision SP80 --- Navigation

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