UAS Symposium: Paper Session I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Remote Sensing Specialty Group, Landscape Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Governors Square 14, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Anthony Cummings, Stephanie Rogers, Kunwar Singh
Chairs: Kunwar Singh

Call for Submissions

If you are interested in participating in these discussions, please send your interests, including paper title, poster title, PIN, and abstract to either Anthony Cummings (, Stephanie Rogers (, Kunwar Singh ( or Katherine Markham (Katherine Markham

You will need to submit your abstract to the AAG by Wednesday, October 30th. AAG requires you to be a member and that you register for the 2020 conference (early-bird rates are available until October 9th).
We are excited to make two announcements for the UAS symposium 2020. First, as per last year, Pix4D will sponsor a poster competition. More details are coming soon (last year, there were prizes for academics and professionals). If you are interested in submitting a poster for this competition the deadline for abstracts for AAG 2020 is January 31st, 2020. Secondly, MDPI, the publishers of the journal Drones, will sponsor a reception following the keynote address.

Once we receive your expression of interest to participate in these discussions, we will organize sessions into themes and presentation types.
Organizers: Anthony Cummings (The University of Texas at Dallas), Kunwar Singh (North Carolina State University), and Stephanie Rogers (Auburn University).
Sponsored by: Remote Sensing Specialty Group and Landscape Specialty Group


Unoccupied aerial vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned aerial/aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), drones, and other autonomous vehicles and systems (AVS) have forged a path as important tools in geographical inquiry of landscapes. Scholars are now utilizing UAS and autonomous systems to address theoretical and empirical questions in natural resource management, ecology, environmental management, meteorological observation, terrain modeling, and archaeological research, among a host of topics. Similarly, universities and colleges around the world are developing curricula in a variety of formats (e.g., undergraduate and graduate level, hybrid courses, massive open online courses, among others) to allow for these systems and their unfolding development to be introduced to the next generation of geography scholars.

In this series of sessions, discussions, a keynote address, scholars from across the discipline will examine the position of UAS and autonomous systems in geography and GIScience as well as offer insights into their future role in shaping these disciplines. Scholars who are actively using these systems in their research, plan to use them in the future or who have developed positions on their involvement in geography are invited to participate in these sessions.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Mapping landscape and forest cover change
• Prehistoric archaeology and cultural resource management
• UAS in landscapes and applications in land rights related inquiry
• Resource extraction and sustainable harvesting
• Natural resource monitoring and management, including biodiversity inventoring
• Natural hazard assessment
• Securing traditional livelihoods
• Geomorphological and fluvial process modeling
• Climate change and sustainability
• Computational advances in computer vision and structure from motion
• UAS in the college curriculum
• Critique of UAS and autonomous systems applications and ethical concerns


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Maggi Kelly*, University of California, Sean Hogan, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Andy Lyons, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UAV sensing in support of vegetation management: Lessons learned from California 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Katrina Schweikert*, Blue Marble Geographics, Jeffrey Hatzel, Blue Marble Geographics, Scott Webber, Blue Marble Geographics, Using UAV data in the Classroom 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Austin Taylor Bush*, Florida State University - Center for Disaster Risk Policy, Robert McDaniel, Florida State University - Center for Disaster Risk Policy, The Role of sUAS in Emergency Management - Lessons from Recent Hurricanes in the Southern United States 15 10:05 AM
Presenter Bo Yang*, Univerisity of Central Florida, Timothy Hawthorne, Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA, Michael Feinman, Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA, Hunter Searson, Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA, Estimating the spatial variation of seagrass beds along the west coast of North America using high-resolution UAV data 15 10:20 AM
Presenter Stephanie Rogers*, Auburn University Department of Geosciences, Lorraine Wolf, Auburn University Department of Geosciences, Using a UAV and a multispectral sensor to understand Paleoliquefaction deposits in the New Madrid Seismic Zone 15 10:35 AM

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