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AEG Puget Sound Chapter Monthly Meeting - Drones and Structure from Motion in the Geosciences - February 16
Pyramid Alehouse
Seattle, WA
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AEG Puget Sound Chapter Monthly Meeting - Drones and Structure from Motion in the Geosciences - February 16
Thursday, February 16, 2017

TOPIC: Drones and Structure from Motion in the Geosciences

5:30   Social Hour
6:30   Dinner
7:30   Presentation

PLACE:     Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, 206-682-3377.  There is free parking in front and in back of the building.

RSVP:      We will be having a pizza dinner. Please RSVP for the meeting by signing up here by 3 PM on Monday, December 5.

COST:      $40 for members; $45 for non-members; $15 for students. $10 for talk only. Non-members always welcome! Note that the pay at the door option is ONLY if you CANNOT use a credit card. If you are paying at the door, please pay by cash or check (check payable to AEG).

Cost does not include adult beverages; however, we may take a collection for a pitcher or more (it is an alehouse after all).

SPEAKER:  Tait Russell, AeroScan

Drones and Structure from Motion (SfM), a form of photogrammetry, can be effective tools in the geosciences. The first radio-controlled drone was the 1916 Ruston Proctor Aerial Target. The technology and popularity of drones have skyrocketed in the century following the Ruston, especially in the last five years. The aerial photographs acquired by drones can be used for mapping and 3D modeling by running them through a SfM program. Drones and SfM are helpful for a suite of services in the geosciences. My University of Washington colleges and I monitored the glacial ice-mass balance of the Easton Glacier terminus on Mount Baker by employing a drone and applying SfM. I also used a drone and SfM to map a rockslide, creating a photomosaic and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) with resolutions of 1cm2/pixel and 4cm2/pixel, respectively. Cunliffe et al. (2016) used a drone and SfM to model and monitor dryland biomass. They were able to create a DEM with a resolution of <1cm2/pixel, which resolved individual biomass stocks as small as a few cubic centimeters. Casella et al. (2016) mapped coral reefs by flying a consumer-grade drone and applying SfM. Their photomosaic and bathymetric DEM of the coral have resolutions of 0.76cm2/pixel and 1.56cm2/pixel, respectively. Many other studies in the geosciences would benefit from adopting drones and SfM.

Tait Russell has lived in the Puget Lowland for over two decades. While working on his Bachelor's degree in Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, he studied the glacial geology of the Puget Lowland under the advisement of Dr. Terry Swanson. Tait also began studying the ice-mass balance of Mount Baker using a variety of remote sensing techniques as an undergraduate. The results of the study were presented at the 2014 Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Vancouver, Canada. He concluded the Master's in Earth and Space Sciences - Applied Geosciences (MESSAGe) program in March of 2016 by completing his capstone project "Calculating the Uncertainty of a Structure from Motion (SfM) Model, Cadman Quarry, Monroe, Washington". After graduating with his Master's degree, Tait opened his own company, AeroScan, LLC, which specializes in aerial imagery and 3D modeling services.



Pyramid Alehouse (View)
1201 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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