How can Drones / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles be used in Environmental Projects?
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been used in several professional areas in the modern world; achieving great efficiency, time- saving and great detailed projects when it comes to gathering large-scale geospatial information.
Among the professional areas that are being influenced and directed towards the incorporation of drones, is the environmental area, taking into account the environmental monitoring, conservation projects, ecological evaluations of habitats, among others. Later, we will give several examples of some interesting environmental projects where drones have been widely used.
When we refer to the environmental area, clearly it has a wide variety of topics, research, studies, and domains that are included within. To study this complex area, it is important to be equipped and informed of the correct technology that must be used so we can achieve relevant results.
When it comes to gathering large-scale geospatial information, it is important to notice the type of information that needs to be obtained from the sensor according to the purpose of the study. For example, there can be taken multispectral images for studying aspects such as the health of plantations, type of soil and erosion in a certain place, plant cover. On the other hand, the RGB images are obtained for different purposes, such as monitoring of nature reserves and estimation of forest biomass. Therefore, it is important to understand the type of information that is necessary and to acknowledge the sensor that will be placed in the drone.
Taking these into account here in Latitude Aerospace Solutions, and many entities worldwide, have been realizing interesting environmental projects using different types of sensors. For example, there have been made forest inventories with the use of RGB and Multispectral images.
Drones have also been used for environmental monitoring and detect soil
contaminated by copper. In Australia, there have been done several projects with drones, for example, mapping the coral reefs to monitor temporal changes in topographic complexity, as well as the continuous monitoring of certain beaches to prevent shark attacks.
As we can notice, there are several applications of drones within the environmental projects, and the best and exciting part is that the introduction of drones to this area is just beginning; therefore there is still much work to do in order to get the best out of this technology.
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By: María Emilia Meneses
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
LAS Coordinator of the Environmental and Commercial Technical Area
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