Land systems science (LSS) integrates insights from various disciplines towards understanding the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment across space and time. Satellite-based remote sensing has always played an important role in the quantification of drivers, states, trends and impacts of changes in environmental and socio-economic conditions of coupled natural-human systems. However, there still exists a multi-scalar disconnect between activities and decision-making at the household level to socio-economic and policy initiatives, and environmental changes. Recent advances in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based remote sensing are making significant contributions towards closing the gap between “people and pixels” by allowing for spatially and temporally high resolution data to be collected on demand where needed, when needed and at fairly low costs after the initial investment. UAV-based remote sensing is especially useful in post-disaster assessments of damage extent and intensity when accessibility is impeded. Yet regulatory (privacy, permissions, insurance) and technical considerations (sensor types, interoperability between UAV platforms and mission planning software, sampling approach, fusion with coarser-resolution imagery, product extraction, modeling) remain stumbling blocks in the pursuit of interdisciplinary, complex research questions and applications in LSS that could otherwise benefit from the technology. This session invites contributions at any stage of development from interdisciplinary teams working at the interface of natural-human systems that address approaches and methods of linking people to pixels in which UAV-based remote sensing plays an important role. Emphasis will be placed on presentation of methods for linking across remote-sensing platforms to address socio-environmental dynamics across scales.
|Introduction||Narcisa Pricope University of North Carolina Wilmington||10||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Sara Matthews*, Humboldt State University, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Sense of Place: An Exploration of the Socio-Political Implications of UAV Use in Natural Resource Management||15||3:30 PM|
|Presenter||Forrest R. Stevens*, University of Louisville, Andrea E. Gaughan, University of Louisville, Narcisa Pricope, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Ariel Weaver, University of Louisville, Steele Olsen, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Nicholas Kolarik, University of Louisville, Michael Drake, University of Colorado Boulder, Amelia Bradshaw, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Exposing land functions and vulnerability using multiscale, satellite and UAS data||15||3:45 PM|
|Presenter||Amelia Bradshaw*, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Narcisa G Pricope, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Forrest Stevens, University of Louisville, Andrea Gaughan, University of Louisville, Steele Olsen, University of North Carolina at Wilmington , Utilizing UAV and RapidEye Imagery of a Heterogeneous Savanna Landscape for Structural Vegetation Analysis||15||4:00 PM|
|Presenter||Ryan Perroy*, University of Hawaii - Hilo, Erosion at the summit: merging high-resolution data sources to reveal change on Maunakea, Hawaii Island||15||4:15 PM|
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