There are many factors driving the development of operational solutions from remotely sensed geo data. Environmental monitoring requirements, conservation goals, spatial planning enforcement, or ecosystem-oriented natural resources management, are to name just a few.

The use of remotely sensed data as a tool for detecting invasive plant species is not new. Geospatial plant data helps to reduce the cost of control, monitor populations and inform management activities.

Drone Inspection Services Is Now The New Standards For You

Satellite data has, in the past, been described as the ‘workhorse’ of the remote sensing industry. However, the rise of drones and autonomous robotics is set to become a new standard for spatial data collection, with vastly improved temporal, resolution and cost benefits.   The 2 principal limitations of satellite imagery in the detection of invasive plant species are; distortions from atmosphere properties and spatial resolution. Leaving deductions of species identity to be made off spectral analysis of moderate to large infestations alone.

How Aerial Drone Photography Makes The Difference

The rise of drone technology has developed into a valuable new tool for anybody responsible for land management, with spatial resolutions an order of magnitude finer than that of satellite imagery and at a price point lower that aerial photography form light aircraft, drones now allow for regular survey of invasive species at the individual plant level, at a reasonable price. Whilst drone technology has been used to detect many different invading species found in forest, rangeland, and pasture environments, drone imagery over riparian zones gives a unique perspective from over water bodies that are typically unobtainable from ground surveys. This allows for the collection of data on not only the plant species but the water sediment loads, drought refuges, erosion locations, point pollution locations and aquatic vegetation as well. The breadth of the application of drone technology has yet to be fully explored.

The technology and algorithms used to process data vary depending on the objective of the survey. Some are used to identify the water course and locations of refuge pools. Uaviation can develop custom solutions for your waterway management challenges. To learn more about how we can help you with aerial drone photography, contact us through our website.