Publication Details

Lucieer, A, Robinson, S & Turner, D (2010) Using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for ultra-high resolution mapping of Antarctic moss beds. 15th Australasian Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Conference. Alice Springs. 14-16th Sept 2010.


This study is the first to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for mapping moss beds in Antarctica. Mosses can be used as indicators for the regional effects of climate change. Mapping and monitoring their extent and health is therefore important. UAV aerial photography provides ultra-high resolution spatial data for this purpose. In addition, we collected highly accurate and GPS transects to generate a detailed DEM. We calculated a topographic wetness index based on the DEM and compared it to the UAV photography to evaluate local growing conditions. This preliminary study shows that a UAV is an ideal platform for capturing ultra-high resolution imagery.