New England UAV user group


New England UAV user group

A UAV user group for individuals in New England/Northeastern US.

Members: 42
Latest Activity: Apr 18, 2017


MiLAND (Multispectral Imaging for Landscapes, Agriculture and Natural Disasters) serves to promote open-source aerial-imaging through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This project serves to facilitate discussions and the sharing of instructions and links pertaining to camera/sensor selection and image processing, analysis and interpretation.

MiLAND is a project led by Matt Wallhead. At this point in time Matt is focused on multispectral image analysis capabiities provided through the open-source GIS package QGIS. I will attempt to provide an open-source pipeline for image acquisition, processing and analysis.

The name MiLAND stemmed from discussions at the 2013 iFARM event hosted by Dorn Cox of FarmHack at Tuckaway Farms located in Lee, NH. Chris Fastie of Public Labs coined the name iFARM (imaging for agricultural research and management). While discussing dual-rig cameras Jeff Warren of Public Labs suggested adding a M (for multispectral) in front of name. Therefore, MiLAND is an extension of iFARM that focuses on the use of UAV-captured imagery.

Image processing software;

MultiSpec is an excellent tool for multispectral analysis of imagery. The link to the website is provided below.

One can easily create NDVI images with just a few clicks. The link to detailed instructions describing the process can be found under the Resources>Tutorials/Exercises section of the website at the following address;

Lots of useful information regarding using digital images to measure plant health can be found on the Digital Earth Watch website found at; and provides several freely available software packages that can be used when analyzing standard and NIR imagery. The program AnalyzingDigitalImages is an example of a useful tool for creating NDVI images that can be found through the Digital Earth Watch website. The link to the website is provided below.

ImageJ (  is a public domain image processing program funded by NIH. It is a cross-platform program that is able to read many image formats (jpeg, raw, tiff). It appears to be a very powerful program enabled by user-written plugins.

Ned Horning, another Public Lab regular,  has written a very nice set of photo monitoring plugins for Fiji ( which is a distribution of ImageJ (the plugins also work in ImageJ) and can be found at

QGIS is my final solution for open source users. Specifically tools provided withing the Orfeo toolbox. I can not overstate how powerful of a tool this is. It should be a final solution for most users.

Discussion Forum

New England fall fly in and technical exchange?

Started by matt.koestner. Last reply by matt.koestner Sep 19, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi all just wondering if there is interest in doing a fall get together for some fun flying and technical exchange?  I'm in southern/central NH and can host flying, camping and provide a space for…Continue

New Hampshire Rapid Assessment Technologies Summer Mapping Challenge UPDATE

Started by Matt Wallhead. Last reply by Matt Wallhead Jul 23, 2014. 2 Replies

We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in NH-RATs Summer Mapping Challenge to attend our first meetup scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday August 2nd, 2014 at Kingman…Continue


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Comment by Josh on March 23, 2014 at 11:48am


I'm new to the UAV scence, but fell upon it as part of my current undergrad research and I'm hooked.  I still have so much to learn, but I'm excited for the future of UAV and the implications for research purposes (ecological and agricultural).  Once I finish my undergrad I'm hoping to do a graduate project with UAV and GIS components.  I am really excited to get together with others with the same passion.  I look forward to meeting everyone.


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