Introduction to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and Urban Spatial Analysis

  • Tony H. Grubesic
  • Jake R. Nelson


There is a great deal of excitement regarding the use of small unmanned aerial systems for mapping and spatial analysis. The enthusiasm for this emerging technology is well deserved. No other data collection platform offers a similar combination of cost-effectiveness, quality, frequency, flexibility, extensibility, portability, safety, and reliability. The purpose of this chapter is to highlight both the promises and pitfalls of sUAS for urban spatial analysis, helping readers make a more informed decision on whether to include sUAS in their technology portfolio. We conclude this chapter by providing an organizational overview of the book, more clearly delineating the material to be covered in subsequent chapters.


General purpose technology Low cost High-quality imagery Flexibility Extensibility Portability Safety Reliability Temporal frequency LiDAR Mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony H. Grubesic
    • 1
  • Jake R. Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Geoinformatics and Policy Analytics Lab (GPAL), School of InformationUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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