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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often known as drones, become powerful tools for acquiring geoscientific data. The growth of a number of UAVs operating for various purposes is associated with decreasing costs of purchasing of a drone. The majority of UAV applications includes aerial observations of Earth surface using various sensors (e.g. aerial photography, aerial Light Detection and Ranging referred to as LIDAR), however drones are also used by meteorologists who utilize on-board weather sensors (e.g. pitot probe) which are often mounted for navigation purposes. Although UAVs are very popular, it is often difficult to formulate novel research problems which might be solved with the use of drones.

The objective of the forthcoming 23rd Cartographic School 2016 on “Applications of unmanned aerial vehicles in geosciences”, to be held in Świeradów-Zdrój in Poland on 8-10 June 2016, is to offer a forum for geoscientific applications of drones. Since the UAV-based researches combine fieldwork with data processing, the 23rd Cartographic School 2016 will include workshop in data acquisition to be carried out in the field (two field exercises at dissimilar experimental sites) and workshop in data processing to be conducted in a room (three case studies being developed using the data acquired in the field). Apart from the workshop, three proper scientific sessions will be organized so that the participants can submit their papers and present own results on UAV applications in Earth sciences. The workshop and conference language is English.