Low altitude aerial photographs were captured using a custom built hexacopter modified to hold an Olympus camera. Aerial imagery was captured at Great Meadows (Stratford), East River (Guilford/Madison) and Plum Bank/Oyster River (Old Saybrook). The imagery provides information at a meso-scale uniquely capable of describing details of different parts of the marsh with enough context to understand the relationship between tidal water bodies, marsh plant communities and adjacent upland marsh migration areas that conventional high altitude aerial photography and ground photography cannot. The imagery also provides a tool to visualize the response of the marshscape and coastal area roads to more frequent flooding from sea level rise. In flight on-board sensors and GPS record photo position, heading, and altitude.
Three types of imagery are provided: snapshots, landscape views created by stitiching photos and panoramas. All of the photographs are available as linked point features within the SLAMM viewer and individually here.