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AggieAir Research Projects

Below are AggieAir's most recent projects from over 10 years of experience.
Please contact Ian Gowing to discuss how AggieAir can meet your research needs.

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AggieAir has a strong history of research flights across the Western U.S. since 2009, and have been as far afield as the headwaters of the Kuparuk River basin in Alaska and Christchurch, New Zealand. These research flights have focused primarily on issues relating to natural resource and precision agriculture.

AggieAir has consistently delivered time sensitive imagery and associated data analysis to a variety of clients including E&J Gallo, USDA, and Utah Department of Water Resources. Projects were tailored to specifically meet the research needs adapted to the various terrain conditions.

These flight opportunities have led to the improved science of UAVs, helped develop large scale UAV technology, and has forged collaborations with satellite and field specialists and organizations for seamless integrations of UAVs.



GrapeX - Grape Remote Sensing Atmospheric Profiling & Evapotranspiration Experiment for Sustainable Management

Time Frame: August 2014 - December 2019

As part of on-going efforts to develop remote-sensed information for crop and water management by E&J Gallo Winery and ARS-USDA, the USU AggieAir Service Center was invited to provide scientifically calibrated, high-resolution aerial imagery (0.15cm/pixel) for estimation of vine water use, soil moisture, yield and other products that can allow a detailed management of vines farms in California. The high resolution imagery can also be used as ground truth to validate remote sensing products from satellite sensors (e.g. Landsat, 30m/pixel).

Project COA:2014-WSA-203

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Pilot Dan at Gallo Vineyards



Mapping Invasive Aquatic Weed (Eurasian Watermilfoil) Over Fish Lake, UT

Time Frame: August 2016 - March 2017

The purpose of this proposed study is for the timely acquisition of high resolution multispectral aerial imagery of Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), a non-native invasive aquatic plant which is prevalent in Fish Lake, South-Central Utah. The imagery captured using AggieAir will be used initially by agencies to map the presence of aquatic vegetation including milfoil along the western shoreline. A change detection scenario will be developed to investigate the response to the impact of the milfoil weevil (Euhrychiopsis lecontie), a native beetle introduced as a biological control.

Project COA: 2015-WSA-91

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Investigating Critical Fish Habitat During Periods of Low Flow in Yellow Creek, WY


Time Frame: July 2015 - January 2017

AggieAir imagery was used to identify critical habitat for the Northern Leatherside chub during periods of low flow within Yellow Creek, a major tributary of the Bear River during 2016. Habitat degradation, fragmentation, and loss from water development programs are significant threats to the northern leatherside chub population. The imagery will be analyzed in 2017 and onwards by Nature conservancy and other agencies to investigate and assess the mesohabitat availability with the lower regions of Yellow Creek.

Read the recent KSL news article about this topic.

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Yellow Creek



San Rafael River, Utah

Capturing Aerial Imagery on the San Rafael River, UT using UAVs to Monitor & Assist in Evaluating Restoration Efforts


Time Frame: 2014 - Present

The focus of this research project was primarily on image processing and data analysis of aerial imagery captured along the San Rafael River, South central Utah. The computer software, Agisoft, will be used to create orthorectified mosaics, digital terrain and surface models. It is anticipated that this data will be used as a comparison data set to data collected from a LiDAR flight over an identical region of the San Rafael River. Analysis will focus on how closely data results from Agisoft point clouds to establish both DTM’s and DSM’s, compare to the information captured from a previous LiDAR flight.

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AggieAir Flies Ozone Sensors Over Great Salt Lake, UT


Time Frame: September 2015

We have just finished processing the data from our flights over the Great Salt Lake on August 11, 2015 (COA 2014-WSA-165). During this campaign, a customized Ozone monitor was flown at four different times throughout the day in a designated flight path from Promontory Point out over the Great Salt Lake and back in a vertical grape vine pattern. The data collected from these flights is helping to further the understanding of what the Ozone does to the lake effect on the Great Salt Lake. Download more flight information.


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AggieAir On Board Weather Sensor



Historical Aerial Imagery

Photogrammetric Processing of Historical Aerial Imagery, South Fork Stillaguamish River, WA


Time Frame: June 2016

The AggieAir Service Center was contracted by the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Forest Service to create othorectified mosaics from historical aerial imagery flown over the South Fork Stillaguamish River, WA, between 1946 and 2013. Hard copy aerial imagery was supplied by the Forest Service and the imagery was scanned and processed using Agisoft. The final delivered product to the Forest Service was a series of orthorectified mosaics, including digital terrain models and digital surface models.

COA Not Required

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