Use of UAS to Support Management in Precision Agriculture: The AggieAir Experience
American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2015
American Geophysical Union
San Francisco, CA
Remote sensing applications for precision agriculture depend on acquiring actionable information at high spatial resolution and at a temporal frequency appropriate for timely responses. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are capable of providing such imagery for use in various applications for precision agriculture (yield estimation, evapotranspiration, etc.). AggieAirTM, a UAS platform and sensory array, was designed and developed at Utah State University to acquire high-resolution imagery (0.15m -0.6 m) in the visual, near infrared, red edge, and thermal infrared spectra. Spectral data obtained from AggieAir are used to develop soil moisture, plant chlorophyll, leaf nitrogen and actual evapotranspiration estimates to support management in precision agriculture. This presentation will focus on experience in using the AggieAir system to provide information products of possible interest in precision agriculture. The discussion will include information about the direction and rate of development of UAS technology and the current and anticipated future state of the regulatory environment for use of these systems in the U.S.
McKee, M., Torres-Rua, A.F., ELarab, M., Hassan-Esfahani, L., Jensen, A. (2015). Use of UAS to Support Management in Precision Agriculture: The AggieAir Experience. AGU Fall meeting 2015. San Francisco CA.