Small Flying Drones

Applications for Geographic Observation

  • Gianluca Casagrande
  • András Sik
  • Gergely Szabó

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Gianluca Casagrande
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gianluca Casagrande, Davide Del Gusto
    Pages 13-45
  4. Gianluca Casagrande
    Pages 47-89
  5. Gergely Szabó, László Bertalan, Norbert Barkóczi, Zoltán Kovács, Péter Burai, Csaba Lénárt
    Pages 91-126
  6. Norbert Barkóczi, László Bertalan, Gergely Szabó, Márton Deák, Szabolcs Kari, Judit Csenge Vizi et al.
    Pages 127-156
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 157-161

About this book


This book focuses on small flying drones and their applications in conducting geographic surveys. Scholars and professionals will discover the potential of this tool, and hopefully develop a conceptual and methodological framework for doing the following things: a) Translate their data acquisition needs into specifications. (b) Use the developed specifications to choose the best accessible configuration for their drones, and (c) Design and organize effective and low-cost field deployment and flight operations by integrating technical aspects with regulatory and research requirements.

Readers can apply this knowledge to work in cartography, environmental monitoring and analysis, land-use studies and landscape archaeology. Particular attention is also given to the reasons why a drone can dramatically boost a geographer’s capability to understand geographic phenomena both from hard-science and humanities approach.


environmental measurement devices, proximity land-observation low-cost field deployment geographic surveys deployability drone surveying capabilities spatial information photogrammetry landscape archaeology image acquisition devices low altitude operational specifications data processing and visualization mobile mapping spatial information

Editors and affiliations

  • Gianluca Casagrande
    • 1
  • András Sik
    • 2
  • Gergely Szabó
    • 3
  1. 1.Geographic Research and Application LaboratoryEuropean University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Lechner TudásközpontBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Department of Physical Geography and GeoinformaticsUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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