Monitoring Rare Mountaintop Plants with Drones #drone #droneday

We’ve said it so many times now, but gee whiz do we love seeing how drones are being used for research! NC State University recently published this article about drones and rare mountaintop plants:

Working with collaborators from NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics, the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service, doctoral researcher Will Reckling devised a method to both predict where rare mountain plants are likely to grow and then target high-probability areas for flying unmanned aerial systems (UAS, a.k.a. drones) and snapping photos with an onboard camera.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study that has used a species distribution model to create targeted UAS flight areas to map locations of rare and endangered plant species,” Reckling and his collaborators explain.

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