Effective disaster preparedness, monitoring, relief coordination, as well as damage assessments are predicated on reliable, up-to-date geographic information that marries well with on-the-ground knowledge. The imagery available from the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is of high quality, has a high level of spatial detail and offers flexibility in requisition.
The detailed, cloudfree view that UAVs provide has great potential for field tactics (e.g. determining the best possible route for a convoy), and is useful for the allocation of resources for relief coordination (e.g. damage assessment and determining which areas are affected most).
Additionally, processed UAV imagery can be transformed into unique additional products—three dimensional (3D) point clouds, digital surface models, and digital elevation models, which are required for natural disaster preparedness planning and societal and infrastructure vulnerability assessments.
The outcomes we seek with OpenDroneMap are faster and more informed decisions for humanitarian relief efforts. We expect that better, more detailed, more relevant, and more flexible mapping efforts as provided by UAVs will aid by making those faster and better informed decisions.