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Integration, Validation and fusion of Small Unmanned Aircraft systems


August 2016 - August 2019


This project addresses the design and development of unmanned aerial platforms and their control and support systems, integration of sensors, and post-processing of data outputs in support of natural resource-related investigations.

Research Products and Activities


  • Burgess, Matthew A. 2017. Small unmanned aircraft systems and their payloads as aerial data collection platforms for natural resource-based applications. PhD Dissertation. May 2017. University of Florida.
    Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 234

Phd Students: 160

Post Docs: 60

University Staff: 268

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 671

Scientific Publications: 1868

Presentations: 4326



Funding Agencies

  • USGS-Land Remote Sensing Program


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey