Testing a small UAS for mapping artisanal diamond mining sites in Africa

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
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Abstract

Remote sensing technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate. At the forefront of the new technological developments are unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The advent of small, lightweight, low-cost, and user-friendly UAS is greatly expanding the potential applications of remote sensing technology and improving the set of tools available to researchers seeking to map and monitor terrain from above. In this article, we explore the applications of a small UAS for mapping informal diamond mining sites in Africa. We found that this technology provides aerial imagery of unparalleled resolution in a data-sparse, difficult to access, and remote terrain.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Testing a small UAS for mapping artisanal diamond mining sites in Africa
Series title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume 81
Issue 4
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher ASPRS
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 257
Last page 263
Country Guinea
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N