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Remote Sens. 2017, 9(4), 336;

Combining Unmanned Aerial Systems and Sensor Networks for Earth Observation

Robotics Vision and Control Group, University of Sevilla, Escuela Superior de Ingenieros, c/Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n, 41092 Seville, Spain
Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), Aerospace Technology Park of Andalusia, 41309 La Rinconada, Sevilla, Spain
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Academic Editors: Farid Melgani, Francesco Nex, Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 30 December 2016 / Revised: 22 March 2017 / Accepted: 27 March 2017 / Published: 1 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Trends in UAV Remote Sensing)
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The combination of remote sensing and sensor network technologies can provide unprecedented earth observation capabilities, and has attracted high R&D interest in recent years. However, the procedures and tools used for deployment, geo-referenciation and collection of logged measurements in the case of traditional environmental monitoring stations are not suitable when dealing with hundreds or thousands of sensor nodes deployed in an environment of tenths of hectares. This paper presents a scheme based on Unmanned Aerial Systems that intends to give a step forward in the use of sensor networks for environment observation. The presented scheme includes methods, tools and technologies to solve sensor node deployment, localization and collection of measurements. The presented scheme is scalable—it is suitable for medium–large environments with a high number of sensor nodes—and highly autonomous—it is operated with very low human intervention. This paper presents the scheme including its main components, techniques and technologies, and describes its implementation and evaluation in field experiments. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aerial systems; sensor networks unmanned aerial systems; sensor networks

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Martínez-de Dios, J.R.; de San Bernabé, A.; Viguria, A.; Torres-González, A.; Ollero, A. Combining Unmanned Aerial Systems and Sensor Networks for Earth Observation. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 336.

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