Consumer-Grade UAVs for Natural Resource Management

Authors: David Hill*, Thompson Rivers University, Garrett Whitworth, Thompson Rivers University, Jackson Baron, Thompson Rivers University, John Church, Thompson Rivers University
Topics: Remote Sensing
Keywords: UAV, natural resources, remote sensing
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) constitute a disruptive technology that has the potential to fundamentally change the practice of natural resources planning and management. This study looks at the potential of off-the shelf, consumer-grade UAV technology for supporting natural resources management. Despite the low-level of technology represented by consumer-grade UAVs, relative to professional or research-grade equipment, the high spatial resolution of the color imagery that they acquire coupled with the ease of repeating the measurement at future times, result in a rich data set that can be used to support adaptive management of natural resources systems. This poster will explore the strengths and weaknesses of this technology for supporting adaptive management through case studies in wetland, forest, and ranchland management.

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