27 Feb '12, 6pm

Conservationists Launch Cheap Drone to Monitor Deforestation and Endangered Species

Conservationists Launch Cheap Drone to Monitor Deforestation and Endangered Species

For many scientists, researchers and conservationists, satellite imagery and Google Earth maps can be enough to monitor changes in canopy cover. But often more immediate information is needed, and drones can provide it. Uses include not only monitoring changes in canopy cover and tracking deforestation but counting individual animals that researchers would have a hard time finding on foot or spotting in satellite images. The drones can also cover an area repeatedly to provide real-time information -- maybe they can even be helpful even for tracking down loggers or poachers in action.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/conservationists-launch...

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