Guidelines on the use of Structure from Motion Photogrammetry in Geomorphic Research

James, Michael Richard and Chandler, J.H. and Eltner, A. and Fraser, C. and Miller, P.E. and Mills, J.P. and Noble, T. and Robson, S. and Lane, S.N. (2019) Guidelines on the use of Structure from Motion Photogrammetry in Geomorphic Research. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 44 (10). pp. 2081-2084. ISSN 0197-9337

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As a topographic modelling technique, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry combines the utility of digital photogrammetry with a flexibility and ease of use derived from multi-view computer vision methods. In conjunction with the rapidly increasing availability of imagery, particularly from unmanned aerial vehicles, SfM photogrammetry represents a powerful tool for geomorphological research. However, to fully realize this potential, its application must be carefully underpinned by photogrammetric considerations, surveys should be reported in sufficient detail to be repeatable (if practical) and results appropriately assessed to understand fully the potential errors involved. To deliver these goals, robust survey and reporting must be supported through (i) using appropriate survey design, (ii) applying suitable statistics to identify systematic error (bias) and to estimate precision within results, and (iii) propagating uncertainty estimates into the final data products.

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?? structure from motiontopographic surveysystematic errorsbias and precisionsurvey designearth and planetary sciences (miscellaneous)earth-surface processesgeography, planning and development ??
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