857006 UAV imagery application in environmental and forest management in developing countries with emphasis on scarce data and low budget projects

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Sohrabi, Hormoz , Immitzer, Markus
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Our course, "Applications of UAV imagery in Environmental and Forestry Studies" aims to familiarize students with the diverse applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the realms of environmental and forestry studies. It delves into the fundamental principles underlying UAV operations and remote sensing, with a focused emphasis on their utility in environmental monitoring, ecological surveying, and sustainable forestry practices with emphasis on scarce data and low-budget projects. Essential topics, such as UAV preparation and flight planning, UAV-RTK (or PPK) vs. collection of ground control points, image processing, and production of DSM, DTM, CHM, and orthomosaic. The course also addresses practical considerations including safety protocols and regulatory guidelines ensuring that students develop an understanding of UAV utilization in environmentally sensitive areas. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in UAV flight projects and image processing and gain proficiency in the interpretation of environmental data obtained through aerial platforms.

Previous knowledge expected

Basics in remote sensing and GIS

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

- Students can evaluate the possibilities of low-cost UAVs for various issues
- Students are familiar with the essential requirements for planning UAV flights
- Students can plan UAV imagery projects and analyze them using common software products
- Students can work, interpret, and process UAV images for environmental and forestry applications.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.