Lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles will revolutionize spatial ecology


A new article by Karen Anderson and Kevin Gaston published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment looks at the tremendous potential that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will have to transform they way that scientists are able to conduct ecological research.

The authors point out the different types and sizes of unmanned aircraft and also cite our early work on using computer vision and a kite platform to generate 3D models of forests, as well as the work of others making progress with UAS for environmental science.  The authors argue that the ability for researchers to collect high spatial resolution remote sensing data WHEN and WHERE they want it represents a major breakthrough for the application of remote sensing to ecological research, and we completely agree with them!

 Karen Anderson, and Kevin J Gaston. 2013. Lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles will revolutionize spatial ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 138–146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/120150

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