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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental Research

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A two-day conference at the University of Worcester on 28-29 June 2016

This two-day workshop was organised by the University of Worcester (UK) as part of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society’s UAVs Special Interest Group.

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The conference brought together academics, practitioners and those with an interest in working with small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for environmental monitoring and research.

We welcomed over 100 delegates to Worcester for a series of oral and poster presentation sessions. Please see the conference programme for details on our sessions, including those dedicated to technical developments, conservation and vegetation, geosciences, glacial and alpine geomorphology, coasts, rivers and wetlands.

The conference included keynote addresses from Dr Damia Vericat (University of Lleida, Spain) and Dr Lammert Kooistra (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands), oral presentations, interactive poster sessions and an exhibition of sUAS service providers.       

An online repository has been made available to give access to conference materials.

Future events

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Drone outside Worcester

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event.

Records of the conference programme, and access to the presentations, posters and the event photos are now available via Dropbox.

Please access our conference follow-up reports below, written for the following academic societies:

IJRS publication opportunity

All accepted conference papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Remote Sensing. The deadline for submission of full papers to IJRS has recently been extended to 30 September 2016. See further information and submission instructions.




Registration has now closed

Registration for this year's conference has now closed. To register an interest in attending future conferences please email

Registration fees

  • Standard rate: £90        
  • Student rate: £65

These fees include attendance, conference materials, all refreshments and a sandwich lunch on both days

Accommodation and Dinner

Overnight accommodation is available at the University of Worcester’s City Campus (£43 ensuite B&B, £39 ensuite room only).

Please check-in at the Main Reception desk of City Campus from 2pm onwards, where keys, access cards, Wi-Fi details and other information will be made available. Check out is by 10am on the day of departure. Booking additional nights may be possible but cannot be guaranteed. Please contact Rebecca Pearson in the Accommodation Office to enquire further (

On the evening of Tuesday 28 June our conference dinner will be held at the Thai Gallery in Worcester. For £25 you will be offered a selection of delicious Thai food, with two courses and a drink included. Please advise us of any dietary requirements on the registration form.


Invited speakers

Dr Damià VericatDr Damià Vericat
University of Lleida, Spain

Automatic Digital Photogrammetry In Fluvial Systems: A Low-Cost Tool To Study Channel Morphodynamics

Dr Damià Vericat is a fluvial geomorphologist with expertise in applying novel geomatics and remote sensing methods, including sUAS and SfM photogrammetry, to study fluvial processes as the basis for the design of restoration measures to ensure fluvial geomorphic and ecological integrity.

Damià’s keynote session is kindly sponsored by The British Society for Geomorphology.


Dr Lammert KooistraDr Lammert Kooistra
Wageningen UR, the Netherlands

Improved characterization of plant functioning using high-resolution imagery from UAVs

Dr Lammert Kooistra has a research interest in developing integrated sensing systems, which combine satellite remote sensing, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and in situ sensors for monitoring applications in agriculture and environmental resource management. He will share his experiences using sUAS at the Wageningen UR Unmanned Aerial Remote Sensing Facility (UARSF).


Exhibition & Sponsorship

The opportunity to sponsor, or exhibit at, this year's conference has now closed. To register an interest in attending or sponsoring future conferences please email


Contact us

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Find out how to get to the University of Worcester Riverside Building.