Geomorphic changes of a coral shingle cay measured using Kite Aerial Photography

Bryson, Mitch, Duce, Stephanie, Harris, Dan, Webster, Jody M., Thompson, Alisha, Vila-Concejo, Ana and Williams, Stefan B. (2016) Geomorphic changes of a coral shingle cay measured using Kite Aerial Photography. Geomorphology, 270 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.06.018


Author Bryson, Mitch
Duce, Stephanie
Harris, Dan
Webster, Jody M.
Thompson, Alisha
Vila-Concejo, Ana
Williams, Stefan B.
Title Geomorphic changes of a coral shingle cay measured using Kite Aerial Photography
Journal name Geomorphology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-555X
1872-695X
Publication date 2016-10-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.06.018
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 270
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Measurements of geomorphic change in the intertidal zones of coral reefs are made using a variety of remote sensing and in-situ techniques, where variations in the coverage and spatial-temporal precision achieved are directly related to the cost of data acquisition. We present a novel, low-cost technique for measuring high-resolution changes in reef environments based on Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) and photogrammetry/structure-from-motion post-processing. KAP images are used to measure fine-scale changes in intertidal topography and sediment texture characteristics, including rubble particle size, of a coral shingle cay at One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef in the context of storm activity. Validation using Real Time Kinematic DGPS demonstrates the ability to measure topographic elevation with an error of 5.53 cm (RMSE) and a spatial resolution of 5 cm per point, an accuracy/resolution that is superior to airborne LiDAR and equivalent to terrestrial LiDAR, but at a fraction of the equipment cost.
Keyword 3D topography
Coral reef morphodynamics
Kite Aerial Photography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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