Watershed Condition Assessments – Aerial imagery can provide accurate data to assist with quantifying watershed condition indicators — documentation and monitoring temporal changes in riparian habitat segmentation, large woody debris, roads and trails, mass wasting, and the rate of spread of invasive species) using repeatable, automated flights using drones that are capable of survey-grade accuracy.
Forest Management – Drones can quickly launch and overfly rivers, lakes and reservoirs to capture data using automated flights, reducing cost and reducing field work hours while increasing access and improving field safety. Data captured by low altitude flights of commercial grade drones and high resolution mapping cameras can be used to evaluate species in proposed timber harvest units or to document post-harvest units using drone’s survey-grade accuracy. SEAKdrones’ high resolution (45MP full frame mapping camera) and its associated base station can provide survey-grade accuracy. Drones fitted with multispectral or hyperspectral cameras have been used in conjunction with traditional imagery to monitor forest health as well as identify and monitor plant health and the spread of invasive species. SEAKdrones has a fleet of different drone aircraft, from a small Phantom 4 Pro to a large Matrice 300 RTK, and sensors (full frame high resolution camera, infrared sensor, etc.) that can be tailored to the job and budget.
NEPA Project Planning – Drones are a useful tool to capture valuable data useful in preparing environmental disclosure documents, e.g., Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments. Data can assist in habitat delineation, watershed evaluation, visual resource inventory/evaluation, etc. Data also can be used to prepare highly accurate digital elevation models and digital surface models in areas of planned roads, harvest units. SEAKdrones’ Matrice 300 RTK system can collect highly accurate data timelier, with greater accuracy, at less expense, and more safely than traditional field crews.
Dam inspections – drones are used to capture high resolution visible and infrared imagery of dams. Seepage that may not be visible to the unaided eye can be detected using infrared sensors like SEAKdrones’ FLIR radiothermetric sensor.
Tower Inspections — drones can survey communication towers remotely and more safely using RGB (visible) and thermal sensors.
Fisheries — Drones have been used in Washington state and elsewhere to map salmon management. SEAKdrones would like to partner on a redd mapping project using RGB (visible light) and infrared thermography to map stream reaches during the upcoming 2022 season
Please contact SEAKdrones to discuss a demonstration project.