How can drone mapping be used to better understand mangroves?
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How can drone mapping be used to better understand mangroves?

Mangrove conservation is a pressing global concern. These habitats are highly productive ecosystems that offer many environmental services. Mangrove forests store nearly 10 times more carbon per hectare compared to terrestrial forests, playing an important role in the fight against climate change! They also safeguard the coastlines of tropical and subtropical regions, home to nearly…

Mapping seagrass with machine learning and drones
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Mapping seagrass with machine learning and drones

Getting an understanding of the size and scope of marine ecosystems has always been a challenge for environmental scientists. Seagrass is no exception. These intertidal and subtidal meadows help support important fisheries species and iconic animals like dugongs. They’re also increasingly under threat from things like poor water quality. But with some meadows being many…

What is an Orthomosaic?
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What is an Orthomosaic?

Orthomosaic, the Short Answer: The output from a process where a number of overlapping photos (e.g. from a drone or aerial camera) are stitched together with distortions removed to create a complete and continuous image representation or map of a portion of the earth. The orthomosaic below is made up of 283 individual drone photographs….

How can I get ground control in a marine environment?
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How can I get ground control in a marine environment?

I’m sure that my certified surveyor friends cringe when they hear about our methods of ‘Marine ground control’ on the reef! But here goes… What is ‘ground control’? No, we’re not calling Major Tom… Ground control points (GCPs) are points or features on the surface of the earth (or even underwater) with a known location….

Drone Pilots Reinvent Themselves as Mother Earth’s Paparazzi
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Drone Pilots Reinvent Themselves as Mother Earth’s Paparazzi

Mother Earth’s Paparazzi is a term used to describe drone enthusiasts who capture images of mother earth to help protect at-risk ecosystems. Over the past seven years, I have captured tens of thousands of beautiful drone images. But I don’t consider myself a skilled photographer – I’m simply lucky that my subject is stunning! And…

How to Map With a Drone (Top 10 Tips)
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How to Map With a Drone (Top 10 Tips)

How to map with a drone: I know that lots of people love flying drones, but I’m not one of them! Yet what I do love is the #earthobservation data that I can capture with my drone. I’ve been working with remote sensing data since the late 1990’s and know full well that not all data…

Earth observation data reveals the when and where of mangrove dieback
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Earth observation data reveals the when and where of mangrove dieback

Earth observation data reveals valuable information that you should know. In the wake of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (#COP26) there’s even more than usual climate related information hitting the headlines. And this just landed from Professor Peter Macreadie and team from Deakin University (and others), reminding us to consider the role of blue carbon ecosystems (e.g. mangroves,…

Machine Learning Drones: 3 valuable concepts you need to know
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Machine Learning Drones: 3 valuable concepts you need to know

We’ve been talking about artificial intelligence (AI),  drones and machine learning for a while now. However, do you feel that sometimes it’s just a bunch of fancy words flying around? In this article, I would like to introduce three basic machine learning concepts for those who love drones. No matter why you love flying drones,…

How Artificial Intelligence helps make drone image processing smarter
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How Artificial Intelligence helps make drone image processing smarter

By combining AI with drone image processing, we can pinpoint the exact geographical location on earth in an efficient and consistent manner. If you search “AI”, there are more than four trillion results in Google. If you search for “AI” in news, there is a piece released almost every hour about this topic. Artificial Intelligence…

Using Drone Data to understand Clam Reefs
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Using Drone Data to understand Clam Reefs

Using drone images of clam reef, we estimate the amount of live tissue & model their contribution to the calcium carbonate of the reef. I have to confess that I absolutely LOVE clam chowder. I remember when I was first introduced to it at Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery in Moss Landing, California – 20…

What can we do with drone data? A few advantages of drones
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What can we do with drone data? A few advantages of drones

Get more information about the advantages of drones. Drone images hold a wealth of information. From an individual pixel to a combination of images creating orthomosaics over space and time. In the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the drone globe on top of the stadium is for sure one of the most iconic…

How much data does a drone image have?
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How much data does a drone image have?

In this article, we discuss extracting information from drone images. From orthomosaic maps to pixels, thrilling information can be unveiled layer by layer from drone data. However, some may wonder, how is this related to us? These are scientists’ jobs. On one hand, the abundant amount of raw data out there is too cumbersome for…