Some of the benefits of aerial mapping


The first aerial photos were taken from a kite in 1888 in France.  During the First Wold War, there was a need for accurate aerial maps and some photographs were taken using the earliest aircraft at the time. This was not the easiest of processes as neither the aircraft nor the cameras were very advanced. Hot air balloons were used in the 1950s to acquire aerial photographs for mapping purposes and this method was used quite extensively to map particular areas. It was not until 1972 that the first satellite images were seen. These were taken from one of the first satellites launched, it was called Lansat1.

Aerial cartography provides 2 types of photographs, vertical and oblique. As the name suggests, a vertical photograph is taken from above, looking directly down. These photos allow for precise measurements to be ascertained which in turn provide the data to create accurate maps. Oblique photographs are taken from an angle and these photos are used to provide 3D imagery. These photos are a valuable asset to local authorities and developers who can make use of them to show many different perspectives of land and developments for both commercial and residential purposes.

These days aerial maps are freely available to businesses and the public who can use the aerial or satellite images to identify specific locations quickly and easily. There are also zoom features available for that close up view. Advancements in technology have made aerial mapping very accurate and clear. This has made many business processes around the world much easier. For instance, commercial and residential properties can be viewed in an instant and getting directions to said property is easier than ever before.

Another benefit of satellite imagery is that it allows studies of the environment to be performed over months or years. Using these images can show changes in the vegetation or water levels and this can provide evidence of either damage or repair to the environment. Giving scientists this type of information can help them to understand and evaluate the ecosystem. It can also help determine the growing season which is important for food production. This in turn can help scientists develop crops that will not just survive but that will give higher yields in a certain amount of time. It is not only scientists and the public who make use of aerial mapping, the security services also make use of them so that they can develop national security strategies. Using aerial images can help them see vulnerabilities and how they can increase the safety of key buildings.


For those considering buying or renting a property, whether for business, residential or recreational reasons, they can see exactly where the property is located and how to get there. Students taking part in geographical projects or studies can easily access satellite images and with the images becoming clearer, it is now easy to see much more detail than ever before. As you can see, there are many uses for aerial maps not only for business but also for other purposes.
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