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2016 - Breemwaard, the Netherlands

In combination with Utrecht University, HiView contributed to a study to record the dynamics in floodplain vegetation over a growing season. HiView provided the necessary imagery to complete the study. Field reference data on vegetation height were collected six times during one year in 28 field plots within a single floodplain along the Waal River, the main distributary of the Rhine River in the Netherlands.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of multi-temporal high-spatial-resolution imagery, collected with a UAV, to record the dynamics in floodplain vegetation height and greenness over a growing season. To measure this the focus was on seasonal variation of herbaceous and grassy vegetation with a height up to 3 m.

These results show the high potential of using UAV-borne sensors for increasing the classification accuracy of low floodplain vegetation within the framework of floodplain monitoring.

The full article, published in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, can be found here.

Study Area Floodplain.jpg
February Vegetation Drones UAVs.jpg
June Vegetation Drones UAVs.jpg
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