Conservation Drones: Mapping and Monitoring Biodiversity


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Conservation Drones: Mapping and Monitoring Biodiversity Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press Pages: 144 Illustrations and other contents: Over 45 Illustrations ISBN: 9780198787617 Category:

Increasing numbers of ecologists and conservation biologists have begun to explore the use of drone technology to obtain accurate and up-to-date data on the distribution and density of species, as well as the threats to their habitats, in their ongoing attempts to conserve and monitor biodiversity. Conservation drones are low-cost, autonomous, and operator-friendly unmanned aerial vehicles that can be used for surveying, mapping, and monitoring both habitat and biodiversity. They are fast becoming a valuable complement to ground-based surveys and satellite imagery for a wide range of ecological and conservation applications. The authors pioneered the use of conservation drones for the purpose of monitoring orangutan populations in Southeast Asia. They subsequently founded to share their knowledge of building and using drones with colleagues in the wider environmental community. Their website has proved highly popular and Conservation Drones aims to further build capacity to use drones and inspire others to adapt emerging technologies for practical conservation.

Weight0.55 kg
Conservation Drones is a well-structured book that in just over 100 pages presents an exhaustive account of the technical aspects of drones and their applications in conservation. * Conservation Biology *

Author Biography

Serge Wich is a professor at Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool, UK) and an honorary professor for the conservation of the great apes at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). Serge is also a co-Founding Director of the non-profit, Updates on his work can also be found on Professor Wich's research focuses on primate behavioral ecology, tropical rain forest ecology, and conservation of primates and their habitats. His research is strongly focused on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and Borneo and he uses a mixture of observational and experimental fieldwork. He also uses emerging technologies such as drones for his work. Lian Pin Koh is Professor and Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of Adelaide, and co-Founding Director of Koh is an applied ecologist whose notable scientific contributions include the study of species co-extinctions and modeling the environmental impacts of industrial agriculture across the tropics. His research focuses on developing the Science and Science-based decision support tools to help reconcile society's growing consumptive needs with environmental protection. He addresses this challenge through field studies and experiments, computer simulations and modelling, as well as by co-opting emerging technologies for use in environmental research and applications.