Articles | Volume 18, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1567–1582, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1567-2018

Special issue: The use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in monitoring...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1567–1582, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1567-2018

Research article 07 Jun 2018

Research article | 07 Jun 2018

Using kites for 3-D mapping of gullies at decimetre-resolution over several square kilometres: a case study on the Kamech catchment, Tunisia

Denis Feurer et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (23 Jun 2017) by Daniele Giordan
AR by Denis Feurer on behalf of the Authors (06 Jul 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Jul 2017) by Daniele Giordan
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (25 Sep 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (06 Oct 2017)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (04 Dec 2017) by Daniele Giordan
AR by Denis Feurer on behalf of the Authors (23 Feb 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Mar 2018) by Daniele Giordan
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (29 Mar 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #5 (13 Apr 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (20 Apr 2018) by Daniele Giordan
AR by Denis Feurer on behalf of the Authors (27 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 May 2018) by Daniele Giordan
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We present a method for acquiring very-high-resolution images for 3-D mapping of gullies over kilometre-square areas using kites. Kites used in appropriate conditions can be an advantageous alternative to light unmanned aircraft when local regulations or weather conditions hamper their use. We proved that kites can acquire images, allowing for high-quality 3-D coverage of large areas. We automatically detected and mapped gullies from a decimetre kite DEM with 74 % accuracy of the length.
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