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Articles | Volume XLII-4/W6
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-4/W6, 59–61, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-4-W6-59-2017
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-4/W6, 59–61, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-4-W6-59-2017

  13 Nov 2017

13 Nov 2017

MONITORING AND ESTIMATION OF SOIL LOSSES FROM EPHEMERAL GULLY EROSION IN MEDITERRANEAN REGION USING LOW ALTITUDE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

R. Gündoğan1, V. Alma2, T. Dindaroğlu3, H. Günal4, T. Yakupoğlu5, T. Susam6, and K. Saltalı2 R. Gündoğan et al.
  • 1Harran University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 63300, Sanliurfa, Turkey
  • 2Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 46100, Kahramanmaras, Turkey
  • 3Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Faculty of Forestry, Departent of Forest Engineering, 46100, Kahramanmaras, Turkey
  • 4Gazi Osman Paşa University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Tokat, 60250,Turkey
  • 5Bozok University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 66900, Yozgat, Turkey
  • 6Gazi Osman Paşa University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Tokat, 60250,Turkey

Keywords: Soil erosion, Ephemeral gully erosion, Unmanned air vehicle, Agricultural field, Mediterranean region

Abstract. Calculation of gullies by remote sensing images obtained from satellite or aerial platforms is often not possible because gullies in agricultural fields, defined as the temporary gullies are filled in a very short time with tillage operations. Therefore, fast and accurate estimation of sediment loss with the temporary gully erosion is of great importance.

In this study, it is aimed to monitor and calculate soil losses caused by the gully erosion that occurs in agricultural areas with low altitude unmanned aerial vehicles. According to the calculation with Pix4D, gully volume was estimated to be 10.41 m3 and total loss of soil was estimated to be 14.47 Mg. The RMSE value of estimations was found to be 0.89. The results indicated that unmanned aerial vehicles could be used in predicting temporary gully erosion and losses of soil.