UAV Research

Department of Remote Sensing – University of Würzburg

Earth Observation

Our UAV Applications and Research

Our UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles or drones) research focuses on the added value for space borne Earth Observation. UAV derived imagery are used for contributing to a better environmental understanding.

We apply UAV for specific research areas such as mandatory extremely high spatial resolution imagey e.g. mapping of flowers or for improving space-borne satellite imagery such as very high surface roughness information.

UAV based Earth Observation

UAVs allow very detailed information about our study area – not only spatial and thematic but also spectral and vertical resolution. Such very detailed analysis are valuable for small scale study areas to derived spatially explicit landscape information

UAV Sensitivity Analysis

we apply UAV data acquisitions for various applications and using diverse payloads such as thermal, Lidar or multispectral sensors.

urban applications

UAV data in urban research is applied for mapping damages, small scale vertial structure analysis or ….

Various UAV-based sensors


The UAV based thermal sensor allows to map small scale thermal patterns and differentiate different surface properties.


The 5 band red-egde sensor and the 10-band Sentinel-2 equivalent sensor allows to compute a variety of indices such as for vegetation conditions


The active Lidar sensor derives the vertical structure such as height of landscape features as well as the vegetation density.

UAV based remote sensing

Our Earth Observation research within UAV applications covers the whole range of mission planning, data acquisition, data pre-processing and especially the added value for specific applications and its data analysis

Lidar UAV remote sensing

Lidar UAV image acquistion allows to derive vertical information about e.g. forest structure.

UAV Potentials (Lidar)


Digital Surface Model (DSM)

Information of the surface elevation (incl. vegetation)

Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

Information of the surface elevatoin (without vegetation)

Canopy Height Model

Information of height of vegetation above soil level.

Vertical Vegetation Analysis


Mavic Pro/Air


RGB images, Digital Elevation Model


mid range

RGB images, orthophotos


heavy weight

multispectral, red edge, thermal


heavy weight

10-band multispectral, Lidar

Our UAV-certified Pilots

DPH Drone Services § 21a Abs. 4 Satz 3 Nr. 2 Luftverkehrs-Ordnung



agriculture, phenology



phenology, forest



ecology, conservation

Earth Observation at the Department of Remote Sensing -Univ. Würzburg

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