Welcome everyone my name is Rebecca de Gagne and I’m a GIS analyst and biologist at the conservation biology Institute I’m happy to welcome you to our webinar series conservation remote sensing one sponsored by the Society for conservation GIS and the conservation biology Institute we’re pleased to have served which of conservation drones org and Liverpool John Moores University here.
To talk to us about drones for conservation of animals and their habitats before I introduce Serge I’m just going to cover a few details about the webinar I’m recording the session so that we can make it widely available the recordings will be posted to.
The conservation biology Institute’s website and the SC GIS web page as well you can also find upcoming webinars listed on both of these websites in addition to my role.
At the conservation biology Institute I’m co-chair of the Society for conservation GIS Communications Committee and a member of the SC GIS board we’re excited to be offering this webinar series on remote sensing for conservation a topic that we’ve seen growing interest in especially with the advent of new drone technology.
And wider data availability you can find general information on the Society for segs website and links to upcoming webinars I encourage you all to get engaged with SC GIS by becoming a member which is very reasonable cost contributing to committees and attending our great.
July in Asilomar California so with that I’m going to turn it over to you Serge thank you so much for presenting a webinar in the series and once I share my screen here you can take it away and don’t forget to unmute yourself Serge.
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Can perfect alright welcome everyone and thanks for listening in at whichever time zone you may be so I’m going to give.
A relatively high level overview of the use of drones for conservation of animals and their habitats and how really focus on my own work because I know that best and we started about seven years ago now with using girls for.
Acculturation and openness past seven years we focused on three main things that we think are important for conservation one is to to monitor the distribution of animals and then try to obtain density mayor’s from drone data as well the second is to to work on land color mapping had very high resolution as you will see and the third one is is anti-poaching efforts so I’ll go over some case studies of all.
Of these topics but this first sort of look at how traditionally if you like we’ve been collecting these data and Tom on land cover data of course have have been collected with with satellites a lot of ground surveys to look for animals and obtain data on their density I have been done by by camping out in the forest as you seen it image in right upper.
Corner which which I really enjoy and and.
Of course people have been using single-engine planes boats etc.
But with all these techniques there there are also certain drawbacks with with satellites cloud cover can be a significant drawback particularly when you work in humid tropics and I do it might take the year or sometimes two years to get.