Bathymetry by consumer drone
In preparation for Shallow Survey 2018, we are testing how well a standard consumer-grade drone (Phantom 3 standard) can be used to map bathymetry in shallow and relatively clear water. In August 2017 we acquired a set of videos and coincident GPS feeds from five sites in Conception Bay, Newfoundland, and contributed them to the Common Data Set for the conference. We have then started to explore their use for mapping bathymetry in the areas where the seafloor is visible in the video. This research is led by Matus Hodul.