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290043 UE Remote Sensing in Physical Geography (2019W)

UAV remote sensing for 3D geodata acquisition in geomorphology

6.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 30 participants
Language: German



Block 1: 24./25.10.2019 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Block 2: 21./22.11.2019 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Block 3: Befliegungskampagne / Feldtag Ende November / Anfang Dezember 2019

Block 4: 09./10.01 2020 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr

The course takes place in the MMLab (C110, NIG).

The course is offered by Dr. Irene Marzolff (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt) as part of her guest professorship at the University of Vienna together with Anna Iglseder and Margherita Stumvoll (University of Vienna).

More details on the guest professorship on the ENGAGE-homepage:


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course gives an introduction in basic concepts and techniques of recent remote sensing and photogrammetric geodata acquisition using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), focusing on geomorphological research quesions and applications.
Using various examples of small-format aerial photographs (SFAP) from different regions, the students will in a combination of practical training and literature review
- get to know the geometric properties and the significance of the content of SFAP
- plan and perform a UAV survey (1 day field trip in Konradsheim or Oberhöflein / Lower Austria in Nov/Dec)
- perform stereoscopic review and interpretation of images pairs
- process image blocks for the extraction of 3D-point clouds and further do DEM and Orthomosaic-processing
- Analyze the gained data in an GIS environment

The following programs will be used: IrfanView, StereoPhoto Maker, Pix4D (Structure from Motion), ESRI ArcGIS.

For the Lecture Block on October 24./25. bringing a personal notebook is required.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Exercises (25%)
- Short presentation (3 min) of a scientific paper (10%)
- Final report (50%)
- Active participation in the course (15%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Regular participation (minimum 80% of the course time)
- Positive evaluation of all deliverables

Examination topics

The exercises (25%), a short presentation (10%), the final report (50%) and active participation in the course (15%) are contributing to the final grade. (see "Assessment and permitted materials")

Reading list

- Papers will be provided on moodle
- Chosen chapters of Aber, J. S., Marzolff, I., Ries, J. B. & Aber, S. W. 2019: Small Format Aerial Photography and UAS imagery: Principles, techniques and geoscience applications. 2nd ed., Elsevier.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S1-PI.m, Block A) (MG-S2-PI.m, Block A)

Last modified: Tu 22.10.2019 10:08