Imagery and elevation models monitoring algae at intertidal sites on Northwest Calvert Island - 2017

Orthomosaics of long-term intertidal monitoring sites on NW Calvert Island were created using unoccupied aerial systems (UAS). Subsequently, a digital elevation model and elevation point cloud were generated for each site.

Imagery was captured for each site with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro UAS. The survey design followed a grid pattern to ensure coverage of the entire study area with a minimum 80% overlap between images. To geolocate the images, 6-10 ground control points were surveyed with a Topcon GR-5 real-time kinematic (RTK) GPS.

Near infrared imagery(NIR) was also captured at the North Beach site with a MAPIR Survey 2 camera. The MAPIR is a low-resolution modified camera that captures imagery in the NIR and Red bands. The camera is mounted to the Phantom 3 and operated manually. The MAPIR images are processed to create an imagery mosaic with Pix4D. The imagery is then radiometrically calibrated using the empirical line method with grey and white targets. A spectroradiometer has NOT been used to assess the accuracy of the imagery calibration.

The difference vegetation index (DVI) is calculated to remove the effects of illumination, and to emphasize vegetation signatures. The DVI is calculated as NIR-R.

For a specific list of sites, see the attached documentation.

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Licence: Appropriate credit must be given to Hakai Institute and the authors of the dataset.

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Metadata Created October 26, 2018, 22:48 (UTC)
Metadata Updated October 26, 2018, 22:48 (UTC)
Reference Date(s) 2017-05-12 (Creation)
2017-12-27 (Publication)
Frequency of Update notPlanned
Metadata Date October 4, 2018, 19:55 (UTC)

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