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Xjenza Online Vol. 5 Iss. 2 - December 2017
Investigating the Use of UAV Systems for Photogrammetric Applications: A Case Study of Ramla Bay (Gozo, Malta)

Authors: Emanuele Colica, Anton Micallef, Sebastiano D’Amico, Louis F. Cassar, Charles Galdies

Corresponding: Emanuele Colica (

Keywords: Photogrammetry, Ramla Bay, DEM, Drone, UAV, 3D Digital Model


Issue: Xjenza Online Vol. 5 Iss. 2 - December 2017

In this study, we present the 3D digital model of Ramla Bay (Gozo) obtained by using photograms taken from drones. The high-resolution 3D model of Ramla Bay allowed the construction of a detailed Digital Elevation Model (DEM). Comparison of an earlier LIDAR data derived DEM (ERDF 156 Data, 2013) and the photogrammetric DEM developed in this study allowed to make preliminary observations regarding the potential evolution of the coastal area over the last 5 years. This study serves as a proof of concept to demonstrate that coastal evolution can be quantitatively analysed in terms of changes of the sand dune systems. Furthermore, the technique used in this paper represents a good compromise in terms of cost effectiveness and a valid substitute for laser scanner survey. It is also useful for monitoring the dynamics of the beach-dune system and the characterization of the coast for the mitigation of coastal erosion.