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- attach_workspace:
at: ~/build
- run: touch .nojekyll
- run:
name: Add custom domain
command: echo "uav-guidelines.openaerialmap.org" > CNAME
- run:
name: Install and configure dependencies
command: |
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title: Acknowlegements
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title: 1. Objective of This Guidance Note
title: 1. Objective
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## Objective of This Guidance Note

The objective of this guidance note is to establish key principles for end use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a Pacific Island Country (PIC) context. The document addresses how, when, and for what applications UAVs should be used. For pilots who are new to UAV mapping, it also provides instructions and recommendations to ensure that imagery of high quality is generated for accurate integration with other geospatial layers.

The ultimate goal is to establish UAVs as the principal data collection and survey mapping instrument for Small Island Developing States in the Pacific region and beyond. As the principles and best practices described in this document are applicable globally, the plan is for this document to continue to evolve and for its online version to reflect the latest in UAV technology.
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title: 2. UAVs as a Game Changer for PICs
title: 2. UAVs as a Game Changer
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## UAVs as a Game Changer for PICs

The Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone regions of the world. It is subject to a variety of natural hazards, including floods, tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and volcanic eruptions. Geospatial data can play a key role in monitoring hazard conditions on the ground, but unique data collection challenges exist for PICs. Because these counties consist of multiple small islands or atolls that are often very remote from one another, it difficult to collect geospatial data at the appropriate scale for analysis.


The Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone regions of the world. It is subject to a variety of natural hazards, including floods, tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and volcanic eruptions. Geospatial data can play a key role in monitoring hazard conditions on the ground, but unique data collection challenges exist for PICs. Because these counties consist of multiple small islands or atolls that are often very remote from one another, it difficult to collect geospatial data at the appropriate scale for analysis.

In most countries, mapping is conducted using satellite, aerial, or ground-captured data, or a combination of these. However, in an island country context, satellite images do not have the necessary spatial resolution (pixel size) to show details, as the islands are so small relative to the pixel size. Given islands’ sparse distribution, moreover, PICs may not be captured by satellite imagery unless operators specifically prioritize them. Thus PICs must employ alternative means for capturing very high-resolution imagery data.

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# Securing UAV Flight Authorization and Permits in the Pacific
## Securing UAV Flight Authorization and Permits in the Pacific

Flying UAVs requires a thorough understanding of local and national civil aviation regulations. Many governments now provide specific provisions for UAV operations, including permits and licenses that must be obtained before even entering the country. To learn about countries’ specific requirements and rules for flying UAVs, the Global Drone Regulations Database is a good starting point.[^4]

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title: 4. Determining Whether the UAV is the Right Mapping Tool
title: 4. UAV Evaluation
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## Determining Whether the UAV is the Right Mapping Tool

UAVs may not always be the best mapping tool for a project. Before deciding whether to use a UAV, a satellite, or other tool, the project’s data needs, budget, and time frame must be understood. Table 2 lists some key factors to consider when deciding on the tool to use.

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If a UAV is the right tool, the next decision concerns which platform to use. There are multiple factors to consider in making this choice: the purpose of the data capture, the weight of platform allowed by local regulations under the conditions of the intended survey location, the need for weatherproofing, and the project’s technical requirements (e.g., the type of sensor/camera needed for the survey).

The choice of platform has a number of consequences:
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# 12. Conclusions

The agility and versatility of UAVs as data collection platforms stand to significantly improve the availability of timely spatial data to small island countries. UAV technology should be harnessed to further improve resilience, risk reduction, and disaster response work in small island contexts. To ensure that this work can go forward, adequate capacity building, training, and preparation are needed. This Guidance Note has discussed the most important factors to take into account in using UAVs and UAV technology effectively.

Given the myriad of options available for platforms, software, and sensors, there exists no one-size-fits-all approach to UAVs. Instead, interested parties are encouraged to experiment with various systems and configurations while also building on best practices. The field is rapidly and constantly evolving; as new technology becomes available, it opens up new possibilities and optimizations in this work.
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# Annex 1. Applying for Approvals in Fiji and Tonga for October 2017 UAV Field Testing
## Applying for Approvals in Fiji and Tonga for October 2017 UAV Field Testing

Fiji

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