Drone-based tree monitoring for dam safety

Drone-based image collection and analysis for vegetation encroachment on dams

USC College of A&S Faculty Research Initiatives undergraduate research
PI: Cuizhen (Susan) Wang (supervisee   Cole Weber)

Summary: This undergraduate research project aims to test the feasibility of mapping tree cover and species at pre-selected dams in Columbia with drone technology. The team will visit these dams to collect the true-color, high-resolution images from a drone operated at 100-150 ft high. The drone is DJI Phantom 3. Drone images will be mosaiced and ortho-rectified to extract the 3D tree canopies and map species distributions at each dam, which is useful information to assess the dams safety during a flood event.