Mapping Lava Flow Textures

Researchers from Idaho State University, in conjunction with with NASA, have used UAS to collect aerial images of lava flow textures at Craters of the Moon National Monument. The aerial images were stitched together to create digital terrain models with resolutions on the order of centimeters. Researchers used the data to determine the roughness of ground surfaces, which gives insight into the geological history of this fascinating region. 

Hester Mallonee, ISU
Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak, ISU
Michael McGregor, ISU
Craters of the Moon (image by: Doug Kerr,