ENVIRONMENTAL and RESTORATION
Drone systems have been used to capture a broad range of environmental factors—visible (RGB), thermal,multi spectral,and lidar sensor have been used to create digital environments that give bett er insight into naturalhabitat and wildlife
Detailed data sets help clients make strategic decisions about habitat, environmental protection,
and climate change.. Drones most often can collect more environmental information more safely more quickly and with less impact on the environment..
Document or Tell a Story with Stills and Videos. A picture is worth a thousand words: drone stills and videos can document an environmental situation at that point in time as well as document changes. They can also be used to educate and inform the public as this GRIST article on the Tongass Roadless Rule . Additional pictures of environmental interests
3D Photogrammetry. High polygon count 3D models can be created using ultra high-resolution cameras. The depth information produced by the overlapping images can be used to analyze height, size, and distance of various object sand structures.
Aerial Mapping. Highly accurate (survey grade) orthomosaic maps and aerial images can
be prepared using ultra-high-resoluti on visible and multi spectral drone-mounted cameras. Automated flight plans allow the exact flight to be re-flown repeatedly for projects requiring time series analysis, e.g., climate change, yellow cedar decline, etc. High-grade contour data from drone flights alone can be prepared using point cloud and 3D photogrammetry technologies.
Dense Point Clouds. Dense point cloud datasets can be prepared for terrain modeling, elevation mapping, and GIS processes.
Plant Species Recognition. Drones can collect accurate data using thermal, RGB, and radiometric sources for modeling and analysis. Drone captured data routinely has been used to determine vegetation health and condition, identify plant height stratification, and recognize non-native species.
Hazardous Waste sites, Superfund site remedial investigations (e.g., Prince of Wales Island’s Salt Chuck Mine Superfund Site’s Remedial Investigation Report), etc., Aerial site surveys and monitoring (e.g., intertidal mine tailings containing heavy metals), 3D mapping, and photographic evidence can be captured and provided to project managers who can monitor on-the-ground conditions remotely.
Landfill – Drone-captured, survey-grade aerial data helps landfill managers keep track of their capacity to make decisions on how to manage cells. Drone captured can be enable managers to prolong cell closure by achieving maximum compaction rates—a feat that has been difficult with traditional methods of weighing waste as it enters the facility. Addition of a thermal sensor also can be used to monitor heat, if needed.
Abandoned Mine Lands – Drones have been used by the Bureau of Land Management to document mine closures on public lands (Bureau of Land Management) as well as in mining states such as Kentucky who’s abandoned mine lands division received the federal government’s highest honor.
Below pictures of Prince of Wales retired Salt Chuck Mine.
SEAKdrones can capture visible (RGB) and multi spectral data with survey grade accuracy using its Matrice 300 RTKand Phantom 4 RTK aircraft . SEAKdrones’ Inspire Pro-mounted radiometric FLIR sensor enables highly accurate and very high resolution data capture. When combined, these sensors offer the specialist unique and powerful insight for natural resource management.
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