The use of small-format and low-altitude aerial photos for the realization of high-resolution dems in mountainous areas: Application to the super-sauze earthflow (Alpes-De-Haute-Provence, France)

  • Henry J
  • Malet J
  • Maquaire O
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Geomorphologists have to make choices and compromises, as acquisition techniques of geometrical information are numerous, depending on the specific complexity of the targeted three-dimensional objects and the requirements of the end user. This article presents the methodology and the results over a well known and documented site. This ready-to-use, low-altitude, aerial photo methodology reveals itself to be a satisfying compromise between cost, accuracy and difficulty of implementation. The selected equipment package is light enough to enable a quick reaction to unexpected events and the tools and methods are competitive with field acquisition techniques. An evaluation has demonstrated a sub-metric accuracy for the final result.

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  • Automated digital photogrammetry
  • Digital elevation model
  • Earthflow
  • Small-format semi-metric camera
  • Terrain modelling

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