Using drone technology to improve the way ecological data is collected

We’ve been using drone technology to improve the way ecological data is collected over large areas. The use of 2D and 3D digital data in ecology is increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of the work conducted by ecologist. Monitoring plants and trees can often involve walking through difficult to navigate landscape with multiple people, often for days or even weeks at a time. Drones are a game changer when it comes to the monitoring of plants and trees. They are a vital tool for many ecology teams to monitor plants, trees and vegetation. Drone technology and the digital outputs can be useful in detecting new cases of a disease, counting the number of trees or plants, identifying tree types and monitoring changes on an individual tree basis. Using the technology in this way reduces the amount of time consuming fieldwork, improves health and safety while improving communication and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. The use of drone technology can save time and money if used effectively as part of a comprehensive ecological research or monitoring program. Drone technology can play a very important and time saving role on large projects like HS2 (High Speed Two) Ltd, National Grid etc.

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