UAV remote sensing applications in marine monitoring: Knowledge visualization and review

Sci Total Environ. 2022 Sep 10;838(Pt 1):155939. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.155939. Epub 2022 May 13.


With the booming development of information technology and the growing demand for remote sensing data, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) remote sensing technology has emerged. In recent years, UAV remote sensing technology has developed rapidly and has been widely used in the fields of military defense, agricultural monitoring, surveying and mapping management, and disaster and emergency response and management. Currently, increasingly serious marine biological and environmental problems are raising the need for effective and timely monitoring. Compared with traditional marine monitoring technologies, UAV remote sensing is becoming an important means for marine monitoring thanks to its flexibility, efficiency and low cost, while still producing systematic data with high spatial and temporal resolutions. This study visualizes the knowledge domain of the application and research advances of UAV remote sensing in marine monitoring by analyzing 1130 articles (from 1993 to early 2022) using a bibliometric approach and provides a review of the application of UAVs in marine management mapping, marine disaster and environmental monitoring, and marine wildlife monitoring. It aims to promote the extensive application of UAV remote sensing in the field of marine research.

Keywords: Internet of things; Marine disasters; Marine litter; Marine management mapping; Marine megafauna; UAV systems.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture*
  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Remote Sensing Technology*