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Monday, October 29 • 11:00am - 11:30am
UAV #1 Track. UAS Applications and ArcPro 2.1: The Waugh Arboretum’s Evolving Process of Tree Inventorying and Management

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AUTHORS: Daniel J. Myers, GIS Technician, Physical Plant Grounds and Facilities; Christopher A. Copeland, GIS Technician, Physical Plant Landscape Management – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

ABSTRACT: Urban landscapes are dynamic systems inundated by physical, chemical, and biological inputs. As UMass Amherst continues its campaign for campus development, there are inherent conflicts with its urban forest. Trees are assets to any community, each with varying degrees of worth and functionality. A tree inventory is a method to monitor changes to each individual tree and detect patterns to the collective tree population. It serves as a guide to prioritize tree maintenance, preserve valuable specimens, and communicate forest functions to stakeholders. Campus arborists currently update the tree inventory using tablets equipped with ArcPad 10.2 and TreeWorks 2015. With the implementation of UAS technology and ArcPro, campus arborists can more accurately and efficiently measure trees and observe their environment. One centimeter pixel resolution RGB imagery can aid campus arborists in efficiently calculating dendrometric variables and through time series analysis. In our presentation, we will explore the benefits of ESRI Drone2Map and ArcGIS Pro 2.1 Image Analyst extension. These applications are used to create an accurately georeferenced orthomosaic and to conduct an object-oriented classification to identify tree canopy coverage and tree genus at a forty acre study area. As GIS technology evolves, our comprehensive GIS databases functionality can increase as a tool for organizing, analysis, and reporting with ancillary data collected by UAS.

Monday October 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Saratoga 1/2

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