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  • The data contains Aerial imagery of Ynyslas Dunes, Wales saved in a GeoTiff format. The imagery covers 8000 m2 of a discrete coastal sand dune at northern distal end of a spit in Dyfi National Nature Reserve. Data was collected during a six-minute flight on 5th February 2020 made by a DJI Mavic Pro 2 uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV). The flight was planned with Pix4DCapture based on a ground pixel resolution of 0.01 m. Lateral and longitudinal overlap was set to 80%. Prior to flying, eight (5.8 per 100 photos) Ground Control Points (GCPs) were evenly distributed throughout the dune and their location surveyed using a differential global positioning system (DGPS). Orthorectification and mosaicking of the aerial imagery collected was performed using Pix4Dmapper utilising a fully automated workflow based on Structure-from-Motion (SFM) digital photogrammetry algorithms. The data was collected to test the accuracy and repeatability of bare sand and vegetation cover in dunes mapped from aerial imagery. Data was collected and processed by Dr Ryan Wilson (University of Huddersfield) and interpreted by Dr Thomas Smyth (University of Huddersfield). The work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council NE/T00410X/1. Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • This data contains values of bare sand area, modelled wind speed, aspect and slope at a 2.5 m spatial resolution for four UK coastal dune fields, Abberfraw (Wales), Ainsdale (England), Morfa Dyffryn (Wales), Penhale (England). Data is stored as a .csv file. Data is available for 620,756.25 m2 of dune at Abberfraw, 550,962.5 m2 of dune at Ainsdale, 1,797,756.25 m2 of dune at Morfa Dyffryn and 2,275,056.25 m2 of dune at Penhale. All values were calculated from aerial imagery and digital terrain models collected between 2014 and 2016. For each location, areas of bare sand were mapped in QGIS using the semi-automatic classification plugin (SCP) and the minimum distance algorithm on true-colour RGB images. The slope and aspect of the dune surface at each site was calculated in QGIS from digital terrain models. Wind speed at 0.4 m above the surface of the digital terrain model at each site was calculated using a steady state computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Data was collected to statistically test the relationship between bare sand and three abiotic physical factors on coastal dunes (wind speed, dune slope and dune slope aspect). Vertical aerial imagery was sourced from EDINA Aerial Digimap Service and digital terrain models from EDINA LIDAR Digimap Service. Wind speed data was generated and interpreted by Dr Thomas Smyth (University of Huddersfield). Full details about this dataset can be found at