Environmental monitoring drones have become increasingly popular, not just in the leisure market but also for monitoring the environment. Apart from being a fun toy to pilot (particularly with first-person visual goggles), the drone is becoming a remarkably vital tool to discover the world around us.
The drone technology has entered many areas including search & rescue, agricultural applications, natural habitat monitoring, surveillance operations, aerial photography, digital communications and, of course, recreation. Environmental monitoring drones are affordable, want little preparation and infrastructure, and no fuel (other than batteries), so it is no wonder they crowded the market. Moreover, they can be equipped with any number of cameras or sensors, making them perfect for observing the environment.… Read the rest
Drones have become so popular in recent years that pretty much anyone can get their hands on one and fly it. This is great for all the hobbyists, videographers, survey teams, and other operators ready to use these UAVs to their advantage.
The problem is that not everyone is happy with drones. They are fine out in the field, carrying out important work away from built-up areas. Attitudes change when they come close to people and property, especially when those drones have cameras onboard.
There are calls for tighter laws on the privacy issues surrounding the use of drones for monitoring. However, this is not a straight forward task.… Read the rest
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles/UAVs, have been gradually making their way into more and more industries as their true potential is explored.
Drones prove a unique, real-time view of an area, something that was once unachievable, and this is now being used to great effect in farming, agriculture, and environmental research.
With these tools, environmentalists and farmers can track the growth of a crop, the movements of a herd and important environmental concerns, all from a safe, convenient spot.
The use of drones in environmental monitoring starts in agriculture
Drones have been used by farmers for a while now, as they are increasingly seen as the ideal tool for monitoring large areas of land.
The best way to gain a better insight into the health and success of farming field is from the air, and these unmanned … Read the rest
Environmental Remediation And Landfill Management
The job of managing and maintaining a landfill site is a difficult one that requires constant planning inspection, reporting and readjusting in order to best make use of the area.
As this can be a time-consuming venture with a lot of hard work and careful collaboration, it helps to be able to use the very best tools and software to improve performance.
In May 2015, GIS became involved in a government-funded project to determine the potential of drones and cloud software in the maintenance of these landfill sites.
The efforts are currently one year into a 2 year period, but some interesting lessons are already being learned.
The use of drones in environmental remediation has great potential and GIS aimed to prove this
Drone mapping helps site managers by providing plenty of up-to-date data on … Read the rest