Can UAVs be used to measure forest quality?

Can UAVs be used to measure forest quality?

In this online case study, published on the website of the conservation technology group WILDLABS.NET, Tom Swinfield explores the work undertaken in the collaborative project “Directing tropical forest management from the sky“, highlighting successes in measuring forest structure and noting the challenging but potentially hugely valuable prospect of automated species identification. 

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Directing tropical forest management from the sky

Preventing the conversion of the world’s two billion hectares of degraded tropical forests to agriculture is a top conservation priority. This requires effective land allocations for conservation, restoration and the production of commodities to be made, which are dependent upon high quality forest survey data across extensive areas. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) make possible the…