From UT Dallas News Center:
The assistant professor of geospatial information sciences in UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences wanted to use drones to capture images of the Makushi people’s Amazon rainforest farmland. The goal was to track and study how changes on their farming plots affect the ecosystem and wildlife over time.
Cummings was seeking more than permission. He needed the community’s help building and flying the drones. Cummings, who is from Guyana, had already built friendships with Makushi farmers while conducting other research on the ecosystem there. He reasoned that technology and scientific methods could help them better manage their resources and provide data needed to participate in programs that provide financial incentives for avoiding deforestation.
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