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1 March 2009 Challenge of Infrared Kite Aerial Photography: A Digital Update
James S. Aber, Susan W. Aber, Lida Buster, William E. Jensen, Richard L. Sleezer
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Abstract

Kite aerial photography (KAP) is a means to acquire large-scale, highly detailed imagery for various environmental applications. Previous color-infrared KAP was developed for film-based cameras, but is now effectively obsolete. The authors have built a KAP rig and field tested a digital color-infrared camera, the Tetracam ADC, which produces results that are generally comparable with color-infrared film photography. Field testing was conducted at the Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve of The Nature Conservancy in central Kansas. The resulting images are high-contrast photographs that depict emergent vegetation in bright red-pink colors and show water bodies nearly black, as would be expected in color-infrared imagery. Color-visible digital cameras produce better apparent spatial resolution, whereas the Tetracam ADC camera provides an extended spectral range into the near-infrared. For detailed environmental field investigations involving kite aerial photography, a combination of color-visible and color-infrared cameras is recommended for improved results overall.

James S. Aber, Susan W. Aber, Lida Buster, William E. Jensen, and Richard L. Sleezer "Challenge of Infrared Kite Aerial Photography: A Digital Update," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 112(1/2), 31-39, (1 March 2009). https://doi.org/10.1660/062.112.0205
Published: 1 March 2009
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aerial photography
Cheyenne Bottoms
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infrared
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Wetlands
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