Geographic Analysis

Division of Aerial Sensing and Imaging

Understanding the large scale features and trends in our environment requires a bird's eye view.

CAESER is often tasked with producing assessments and models that describe the hydrology and terrain physiology of large areas. Accomplishing those tasks requires collecting vast amounts of data in a short time. Using remote sensors and uncrewed air vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, is a natural way to perform these tasks.

To provide expertise in these areas, the Center for Advanced Sensors merged with CAESER in the fall of 2021. This merger expanded CAESER’s capabilities by adding not only remote sensing knowledge and experience, but also a fleet of UAVs. The addition provides the ability to collect data from the air using task specific sensors, which allows for flexibility and a compressed time scale.

Task Oriented Sensors

  • Select commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) sensor or build custom
  • COTS sensors in inventory:
    • Visual
    • Near infrared
    • Long wave infrared
    • Hyperspectral
    • Acoustical

Mission Planning and Logistics

  • Design flight plans optimized for research goals
  • Transport and deploy all hardware
  • Collect data

Current Mission Capabilities

  • Soil humidity profiles
  • Terrain chemistry
  • Feature Detection and Mapping
  • Vegetation assessments