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From the International Journal of Remote Sensing

Edited by Dr Anita Simic Milas, the Drones section explores the potential of UAV technology for remote sensing applications in a wide range of fields, such as agriculture, coastal area studies, water quality, forestry, urban mapping, disaster response, terrain mapping, and other ecological and geological monitoring applications. Find out more about Dr Anita Simic Milas here.

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Drones – The Third Generation Source of Remote Sensing Data
To mark the start of the IJRS Drones section as a new recurring section in International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS), Editor-in-Chief Arthur Cracknell charted the rapid development of drone technology, from the pigeons of J. Neubronner in 1907 to the UAVs that we see today. Read the Editorial free of charge here.

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Free Special Issues

Featuring all things Drone, the below Special Issues from IJRS are free to read for a limited time.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Environmental Applications 

This special issue makes three important contributions:

  1. It marked the launch of the new Drones section in IJRS.
  2. It captures key contributions from the 5th Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for Environmental Research (UAS4Enviro2017) conference.
  3. In addition to the papers presented at the conference, this special issue collects a wide range of papers on UAS remote sensing. 

In total, the special issue comprises 36 papers from 14 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The topics range from methodological innovations to applications, with a special focus on natural vegetation, agriculture, geomorphology and animal surveys.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Environmental Applications

The first source of remotely sensed data for Earth observation (EO) was obtained by using light aircraft, leading to the use of air photos in map-making and, in particular, to the development of the science of photogrammetry. The second generation of sources of remotely sensed data for EO was from unmanned Earth-orbiting artificial satellites. Recent advances in drone technology have led to drones being regarded as the third generation of data sources for EO.

IJRS was quick to recognize the importance of drones in remote sensing and published this special issue in 2017. This special issue comprised 64 papers on many different aspects of environmental remote sensing using drones, including agriculture, vegetation, and land cover; geology; lakes and rivers; and forestry. This special issue arose from two conferences held in 2016, one in Brisbane, Australia, and one in Worcester, UK, and was expanded with the inclusion of other relevant papers.

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