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Structure-from-Motion point clouds from St. Joseph surveys, MI, July 13, 2021


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Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., Becker, R., Yellich, J., and Painter, S., 2022, Digital photographs using a remotely piloted unoccupied aerial system and derived point clouds for bluffs in St. Joseph, MI, July 8, 2019 and July 13, 2021: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Structure-from-Motion (SfM) point clouds were created from images collected using a remotely piloted unoccupied aerial system over the bluffs of the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, a urban residential area. The digital imagery was collected with the internal camera of a DJI Phantom 3 PRO for the July 8, 2019 data and DJI Phantom 4 PRO for the July 13, 2021 data that was operated by the University of Toledo. The images cover an extent between the intersection of Lakeshore Dr. with Lakeshore Road to the north, and South Lakeshore Dr. to the south. The images were collected in .jpg format and include Exif metadata with GPS date, time, and latitude and longitude, and other fields. Point clouds were created from the collected [...]


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These point clouds were produced to determine the accuracy, precision, and effectiveness of assessing bluff landslides.

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