The paper evaluates possibilities of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in observation of inland water bodies with focus on water quality in the future. Already used approaches of sensing water and its quality are briefly described in the beginning. A comparison of possibilities of observations based on Landsat data and based on UAV data is provided, attention is namely paid to temporal resolution, spatial resolution, influence of weather conditions and connected costs. Specific characteristics related to utilization of UAV in comparison with Landsat are stated. Possibilities of using UAV are demonstrated in the case study: observation of ponds near Pardubice in the visible part of electromagnetic spectrum. Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data are used within the case study and a small UAV.

Published in: International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2016)

  • Date of Conference: 9-11 November 2015
  • DOI: 10.2053/iSociety.2015.00o6
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-47-6
  • Conference Location: Dublin, Ireland