Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)-based technologies for geology and Earth sciences
Unmanned aerial vehicles are already being actively exploited in topography and geodesy. Multiple attempts are being made around the World for development of UAV-based geophysical methods, such as magnetometric, radiometric, optical multi-spectral, and hyper-spectral surveys and electromagnetic measurements. All these methods use the same physical principles as their ground analogues, and have many things in common with traditional aerial methods, but, at the same time, differ from both in terms of equipment and methodology of practical realisation. Besides, they provide complementary information to on ground and aerial investigation. The UAV-based methods of research represent a young, extremely fast developing field of the Earth sciences, and do not have yet a specialised informational platform such as a scientific journal, network or gathering of any kind, which harms as the researchers working in the field, so the ones interested in the use of these methods. A session on UAV-based technologies for geology and Earth sciences in the frame of IGC-35 is a great opportunity to attract a moderate number of speakers - pioneers in the field (around 20), and gather a great number of the Conference participants due to the increasing interest in this novel methodology.
Sergey Cherkasov and Marina Diaz Michelena