Mapping the ephemeral

One of my favorite aspects of drone mapping is, since it is 1) under our personal control 2) high resolution and 3) can collect data even when it’s cloudy, it’s possible to observe and document ephemeral phenomena that otherwise might not be captured by satellite or manned aircraft imagery.

To that end we mapped lake ice yesterday. We have been flying a series of videos showing the fours seasons, replicating the same flights in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall — and we just got to finish the series with a winter flight. While in the air, we saw some really ethereal ice formations on Hinckley Lake where the East Branch of the Rocky River enters the lake through a wetland complex. So, we ran a small mapping flight over that section. We were starting to get cold by that point, so we didn’t do the cross-grid flight necessary to get good looking trees, but it was still a worthwhile exercise.

If you are interested in seeing this yourself, it is now in OpenAerialMap. Look for Hinckley Lake in Hinckley Township, Ohio.

Overview of Hinckley Lake mapping flight

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