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MapEO Water


Developer: VITO
Contact: remotesensing@vito.be
Media
Webinar: Airborne drone-based monitoring of surface water quality

Further information
VITO Remote Sensing Mapeo-Water website

Examples of sensor use

Drones and dredging! Is there a match?

How to integrate a multispectral camera under a low-cost drone

Using state-of-the art drone technology to monitor water quality. The MapEO Water service converts drone data into geo-referenced images providing information on the physical properties of water bodies.
The MapEO is a data processing service that converts optical aerial drone data into geo-referenced images. The camera sensors attached to drones collect RAW radiance and irradiance data together with GPS/IMU information. This information is then converted into geo-referenced water-leaving reflectance products, which provide information on parameters such as turbidity, total suspended sediments or chlorophyll concentrations. 

Using drones as a tool to monitor water quality is especially useful as they can be deployed in all but the worst weather conditions, flying just tens of metres above the water surface, to look at centimeter scale features. In just one flight a single drone can cover several thousands of square metres!

Drone data products can help to fill the gaps in traditional water sampling and satellite remote sensing, as they have a high spatial resolution, are not hindered by cloud cover and can provide multiple surveys per day. Drones also allow collection of data in hard to reach areas.

Through MONOCLE the MapEO service has operationalized the processing workflow in the cloud and developed the processing of multispectral data along side RGB data. 

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