Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UASs) have undergone extensive growth in the past decade. This growth has resulted in the application of these systems from highly niche application to application across many fields including consumer usage. This research explores the implementation of UASs for environmental surveying that has an impact on social groups. While much literature exists using custom UAS systems with large budgets, the use of budgetary consumer available UASs for these purposes is still in its infancy. This research suggests that budgetary and accessible consumer UAS systems can be used to benefit social groups that lack access to high-quality geographic data. Ultimately, the lower barrier-of-entry of cost, skill, and ease of access, allows research to be conducted that previously would have been unfeasible. Furthermore, the inclusion of Public Participation GIS can further benefit social groups through community input and participation with these systems. A systematic review was developed exploring existing studies that pertained to specific criteria that implements the themes of environmental surveying, the impact on a social group, and the use of a UAS. The systematic review is supplemented by survey responses from the authors of the specific studies explored in this research. Based on the explored studies, budgetary UASs has the potential to benefit social groups through environmental surveying that may have been previously limited by the previously higher barrier-of-entry. However, the most notable results of this research suggest that this field is still in its infancy and themes that pertain to this research are not always considered in the original explored studies. Furthermore, privacy and security concerns are seldom addressed. While the growth of this technology has significant potential, there are still many factors to consider when deploying these systems as means of data collection in communities.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Copeland, Tyler, "Budgetary Unoccupied Aerial Systems for Environmental Surveying: A Social Perspective" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1467.