UAS Platforms and Applications for Mapping and Urban Analysis

  • Tony H. Grubesic
  • Jake R. Nelson


The use of unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) is growing rapidly. sUAS are used in a wide range of applications, including emergency response, law enforcement, infrastructure inspection and management, as well as mapping and surveying. In this chapter, we provide an overview of sUAS platforms and discuss many different applications of sUAS in urban (or near urban) settings, from public health to cargo transport and delivery. Readers should consider this chapter a thorough, but not all-encompassing, literature review on sUAS for urban applications.


Drone Remotely piloted vehicles Fixed wing Rotary wing Multi-rotor Green infrastructure Environmental monitoring Public safety Public health Infrastructure inspection Law enforcement Transport Mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony H. Grubesic
    • 1
  • Jake R. Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Geoinformatics and Policy Analytics Lab (GPAL), School of InformationUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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