Drones can collect more precise & higher resolution imagery than satellites

Drones can collect more precise & higher resolution imagery than satellites

DRONES ARE REVOLUTIONIZING ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Aerial data collection and the production of basemaps and elevation models are fundamental for surveying, monitoring, managing and ultimately the conservation of our resources. Over the last decade, technological advances have enabled the use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones, as a useful environmental tool for mapping and monitoring the abundance and distribution of habitats and resources, disaster management and mitigation efforts, assessing plant health and crop quality as well as the creation of three-dimensional elevation surfaces and flood models. Drones allow scientists to reach and map areas that are otherwise inaccessible in a way that is safe and minimally invasive at a cost significantly less than traditional aerial surveys. When paired with GIS, drones give scientists a comprehensive, real-time picture that allows for better and more informed decision-making.  

DRONES CAN COLLECT HIGHLY ACCURATE DATA FOR A wIDE NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS

  • Habitat, resource & space-use mapping

  • Feature detection such as animal enumeration & changes in abundance

  • Calculating canopy cover, vegetative health & the application of precision agriculture

  • Modelling elevation, erosion & flooding

  • Disaster management, assessment of impacts & mitigation measures

  • Aiding search and rescue efforts - especially inaccessible terrain

  • Monitoring & surveillance activities including the collection of evidence

  • Quantifying the effects of climate change by measuring atmospheric variations such as temperature & reflectance

  • Ability to perform 3D measurements, volumetric & spatial analyses

    LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR DRONE TO EASILY CREATE

    Dr. Kimberly Baldwin provided drone training to map Quail Springs Permaculture Farm to create a baseline orthomosaic to monitor the effects carbon farming in California.

    Orthomosaics

    Generate 3 Dimensional Models & Point Clouds

    Dr. Kimberly Baldwin provided drone training to map Quail Springs Permaculture Farm to create a baseline elevation for earthworks and to monitor the changes in the watershed in California.

    Elevation

    Analyze Slope, Produce Contours & Model Flooding

    Dr. Kim Baldwin of MarSIS offers drone training for calculating NDVI plant heath index, field management and for use in precision agriculture.

    precision agriculture 

    NDVI Plant Health Index, Plant Counting & Field Management

    Dr. Kim Baldwin of MarSIS offers training courses that provide an overview of the most popular drone and GIS spatial analysis tools for use in environmental management in the Caribbean and California.

    spatial analysis

    Location, Distance, Area, Cut, Fill Volume & more...

    Develop the skills you need to effectively gather, analyze & share your own Drone mapping data today!

    Learn how drones are being used for a number of environmental applications. You will be given an overview of the different types of drones and accessories, various payload cameras & sensors as well as the strengths and weakness of the most popular aerial mapping and modeling technologies (Maps Made Easy, Drone Deploy, Drone2Map, Pix4D) allowing you to effectively determine the most appropriate and cost-effective solution for the collection and creation of your own aerial imagery, elevation surfaces, 3D models and spatial analyses.

    Dr. Baldwin is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Her teaching approach was methodical, covering the background information on UAVs, their usefulness in research and the reasons for flight regulations. She was patient as we learned the basics of pre-flight preparations and flight with UAVs and was very effective at teaching our team the differences between and benefits of the available software. I would recommend training with her to anyone interested in using drones for research
    — Dr. Darren Browne, Barbados Sea Turtle Project
    Watch the 'Drones for Conservation' webinar hosted by The Nature Conservancy December 2016

    Watch the 'Drones for Conservation' webinar hosted by The Nature Conservancy December 2016