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Ecosynth develops low-cost user-deployed open-source systems for scanning ecosystems in 3D using:

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first point cloud

Posted by cody smelf on June 15, 2015 at 3:05pm 0 Comments

My first point cloud


Here is a point cloud we made with a Phantom 3 quadcopter and AgiSoft PhotoScan. We exported it in the Po-Tree format then put it on the web by editing an example from the free potree viewer(https://github.com/potree/potree).

UMBC Forest Plot Data Published in Ecology

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on June 9, 2015 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

Representing several person-years worth of work (and several actual years, too!) our UMBC Forest Plot data paper and dataset is now published in the ESA journal Ecology as a Data Paper …


Monitoring tropical forest recovery with Ecosynth - must read in Biological Conservation!

Posted by Erle Ellis on June 3, 2015 at 7:30pm 1 Comment

The Editors of Biological Conservation have selected our article as their must-read choice for volume 186, published in June 2015. The article is free to download until 27 August 2015. Richard Primack elaborates on this selection with:



Small Drones in Nature

Posted by Erle Ellis on May 28, 2015 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Drones for Science in Nature: Science, technology and the future of small autonomous drones!

From the paper:

Autonomous flight in confined spaces presents great…


UAV ecology research internship at the Smithsonian

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on May 4, 2015 at 8:43am 0 Comments

Opening at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama for an intern to assist in the collection and analysis of high-resolution aerial photos with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Key responsibilities are maintenance and repair of fixed-wing and multirotor UAVs and weekly…

Helping tropical forests recover - from islands to landscapes

Posted by Erle Ellis on April 13, 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

In the summer of 2013, Ecosynth team members Jonathan Dandois and Dana Nadwodny travelled to Southern Costa Rica to work with a team led by…




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