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Introduction to Geo-MOD

Introduction to Geo-MOD#

Welcome to the Geo-MOD Course!

The Geo-MOD Course is a module to teach students how to collect and process UAV-based field data for geoscientific use using advanced techniques. The course is designed to be interactive and openly accessible to everyone.

Throughout the course, students will learn how to plan, execute, and process UAV-based acquisition campaigns using structure-from-motion techniques to create orthomosaics, 3D models and digital elevation models (DEM). The course is divided into six sessions that include a variety of engaging components, such as videos, animations, and in-person training.

Upon completing the course, students will receive a Certificate of completion affirming their ability to independently acquire, process, and disseminate data in a scientific manner.


The course Certificate of completion will only be available for the students taking the course in person at The University Centre in Svalbard.

Practical information#

The Geo-MOD course will run at The University Centre in Svalbard between the 19-24 of June 2023.

This course is designed for students, as well as scientific and technical staff who are interested in learning or enhancing their skills in using UAV-based geoscientific data acquisition for photogrammetry in the field to produce scientifically deliverable and publishable orthomosaics, 3D and DEM models.

UAV photogrammetry consists of three main stages:

  1. Data acquisition

  2. Data processing

  3. Data analysis

Geo-MOD is complemented by different modules to cover each stage of the UAV photogrammetry workflow. Geo-UAV, is a tool for UAV-based data acquisition in the field, Geo-SfM is a tool for acquisition, processing and analysis of structure-from-motion photogrammetry data in the geosciences and AG-222 Compendium is a tool that provides different resources for analyzing the data and publish your research.

Learning outcomes#

Participants in the Geo-MOD course will learn how to perform a complete UAV photogrammetry workflow. This will cover data acquisition, data processing, and a brief overview of data analysis.

  • Plan a UAV survey adjusting to your needs, and set achievable goals based on the resources available to you.

  • Execute a UAV survey in compliance with local regulations, prioritizing safety and efficiency, while using best practices for data acquisition.

  • Acquire UAV-based digital outcrop model data.

  • Apply Ground Control Points (GCPs) to your data acquisition process.

  • Get acquainted with the fundamental concepts of structure-from-motion photogrammetry.

  • Process photogrammetry data with specialized software to produce orthomosaics, 3D and DEMs models and disseminate them following the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) data principles.

  • Use online resources and GIS software platforms to analyze DEMs.