Aerial robotics add new dynamic to forestry
Aerial imagery, near infrared detection and aerial robotics sound like they belong in a military operation, however these advanced technologies are set to change the dynamics of forest management.
Scion and Aeronavics have teamed up to field test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) mounted with interchangeable remote sensing technologies for use in forest management.
Researchers from across Scion, led by our Forest Industry Informatics team, will be using a multi-rotor craft from which LiDAR, infrared or hyperspectral sensors and video cameras can transmit vital information on many aspects of forest management – such as resource assessment, tree health and pests. These technologies will also be a valuable addition to biosecurity surveillance and eradication operations, and fire management.
“We spent the past year looking into the feasibility of using drones for this purpose, for both large forestry companies and smaller units, and have since received industry support to conduct field trials,” says Science Leader Bryan Graham. “UAVs could seriously change the way forests are managed.”
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