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Research Note: First results of a low-altitude unmanned aircraft system gamma survey by comparison with the terrestrial and aerial gamma survey dataNormal access

Authors: A. Parshin, N. Grebenkin, V. Morozov and F. Shikаlenko
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 66, No 7, September 2018 pp. 1433 - 1438
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12650
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
Info: Article, PDF ( 12.96Mb )

In order to increase the efficiency of geological survey in difficult landscapemorphological conditions, the authors have developed low-altitude gamma technology surveys based on a multi-rotor unmanned aircraft system, also known informally as Drones. These results have been compared against those from standard terrestrial and aerial gamma surveys. The successful results obtained at the reference site show that the developed methodology enables compilation of high-quality data in difficult landscape conditions. These results yield the same level of information content as standard terrestrial gamma surveys. The exact unmanned aircraft system altitude over the earth must be maintained for carrying out high-quality surveys. It was found that a CsI(Tl) detector with sizes 80 × 80 mm (vol. 0.4 dm3) enables obtaining of high-quality radiometric data at altitudes of up to 70 m, at a speed of at least 20 km/h. The authors believe that low altitude ‘quasi-terrestrial’ gamma surveys with a terrain drape may in the future replace terrestrial gamma surveys since they can offer better effectiveness at a lower cost.

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