Why Use Drones For Environmental Monitoring?

The benefits that drones offer the fields of environmental monitoring and conservation are being realised by an ever-increasing number of researchers, students and environmental engineers. Drones (or UAVs/UAS) offer quick, easy and cost-effective insights, on demand. Their application meanwhile varies widely, from glacial modelling to coastal erosion tracking, species identification and population assessments.

Applications

Professionals such as environmental engineers, researchers and conservationists are turning to drones in place of slower terrestrial surveying equipment, lower-resolution satellite imagery and expensive – and sometimes unavailable – manned aircraft services. Below are just a few examples of how they are used.

Proven ROI across multiple applications

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Surveying project

China

1 drone operator vs. 5 terrestrial RTK operators

"Drone technology allows plant scientists to reach places that were previously off limits as they were either too remote, too dangerous or too time consuming to explore. With our eBee, we can now cover large areas of ground in great detail from a completely different perspective, and quickly too."

Justin Moat

Head, Kew Gardens GIS Unit, United Kingdom