‘Structure-from-Motion’ photogrammetry: A low-cost, effective tool for geoscience applications

  title={‘Structure-from-Motion’ photogrammetry: A low-cost, effective tool for geoscience applications},
  author={Matthew J. Westoby and J. Brasington and Neil F. Glasser and Michael J. Hambrey and John M. Reynolds},
Terrain changes from images acquired on opportunistic flights by SfM photogrammetry
The accuracy and precision of the DEMs allow detection and analysis of a number of processes in the proglacial area, including the presence of thermokarst and the evolution of water channels, and elevation change estimates comparable to in situ mass balance stake measurements.
Structure from motion (SFM) photogrammetry
Topographic data measurement is a fundamental aspect of many geomorphic research applications, particularly those including landform monitoring and investigation of changes in topography. However,
Image-based surface reconstruction in geomorphometry - merits, limits and developments
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Structure from motion photogrammetry in physical geography
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A New Fast and Low-Cost Photogrammetry Method for the Engineering Characterization of Rock Slopes
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Short communication: Challenges and applications of structure-from-motion photogrammetry in a physical model of a braided river
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3D rock slope data acquisition by photogrammetry approach and extraction of geological planes using FACET plugin in CloudCompare
Structure from motion (SfM) permits a fast and inexpensive way to obtain data necessary for geotechnical characterization of rock slope. Unlike scanline survey, a traditional technique, SfM can
Use of terrestrial photogrammetry based on structure‐from‐motion for mass balance estimation of a small glacier in the Italian alps
Different high‐resolution techniques can be employed to obtain information about the three‐dimensional (3D) surface of glaciers. This is typically carried out using efficient, but also expensive and


High spatial resolution data acquisition for the geosciences: kite aerial photography
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Effective application of automated digital photogrammetry for geomorphological research: Earth Surf
Developments in digital photogrammetry have provided geomorphologists with an automated tool to generate digital elevation models (DEMs) at exceedingly high densities. Although such software tools
A hybrid measurement approach for close-range photogrammetry
Application of Digital Photogrammetry to Complex Topography for Geomorphological Research
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Photogrammetric monitoring of small streams under a riparian forest canopy.
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Using close range terrestrial digital photogrammetry for 3-D rock slope modeling and discontinuity mapping in the United States
Close range terrestrial digital photogrammetry has evolved into a useful remote characterization tool for rock slope practitioners, particularly in situations where manual discontinuity measurement
Applying close range digital photogrammetry in soil erosion studies
Soil erosion due to rainfall and overland flow is a significant environmental problem. Studying the phenomenon requires accurate high‐resolution measurements of soil surface topography and
Towards a protocol for laser scanning in fluvial geomorphology
Advances in spatial analytical software allow digital elevation models (DEMs) to be produced which accurately represent landform surface variability and offer an important opportunity to measure and