Drones Or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Uavs) are becoming more and more popular not only for the leisure market but also for environmental monitoring. Drones have become not only fun toys to control (especially with first-person vision goggles), but also an invaluable tool for observing the world around us.
Drone technology has entered many fields including surveillance, search and rescue operations, aerial photography, digital communications, and of course, recreation. Drones are inexpensive, require little preparation and infrastructure, and require no fuel (except batteries), so it’s no surprise that drones are flocking to the market. It can also be equipped with multiple sensors or cameras, making it ideal for environmental monitoring.
Aerial photography/video shooting is one area where drones play an important role. Small drones can fly for hours and take pictures with a pixel resolution of 1 m, making them perfect for aerial mapping and nature monitoring. Flying about 200m, the drone can capture crystal-clear images in any environment, any day of the year, without cloud restrictions. They can also be armed with weather devices such as anemometers, thermometers, and humidity or pressure sensors to collect climate data.
Drones can even reach hard-to-reach areas such as the rainforests of Congo, lava flows in Hawaii, reservoirs around Chad, and ancient peat swamps in Switzerland. They can show how areas change over time, model glacial features, monitor erosion, and have been used in coastal management, topography modeling, forestry, river and flood assessments.
Sustainable Renewable Energy
Renewable energy has a huge impact on the environment and reduces polluting fossil fuel use, but maintaining huge wind turbines and solar panels is a challenge. But here too, drones have a role. Small UAVs are used to inspect turbines relaying live video of power cables and 3D images of blades to the ground. They also recorded high-definition video of the hydroelectric dam wall and were able to use drone-based thermal imaging to assist with solar panel installation and inspection. Drones can perform these tasks quickly and efficiently, as well as have lower environmental and financial costs.
Drones fly into inaccessible or hazardous areas, making them ideal for assessing and preventing environmental disasters. Gathering information from places inaccessible to humans, it creates a snapshot of the situation, enabling officials to determine how best to deploy resources, minimize damage and save lives. Drones from US company senseFly were used after Typhoon Haiyan along the southeastern coast of the Philippines in 2013, and aided relief efforts by generating 2D base maps and 3D topographical models to assess damage and plan shelter reconstruction. We have provided current and accurate data to support you.
Small UAVs are great tools for surveying remote species populations to determine their reach, pinpointing locations and stopping poachers before they attack. They observed seabirds in Australia, rescued Tanzanian chimpanzees and Sumatran orangutans, counted seals in Canada, counted green turtles in Indonesia, and prevented illegal logging in Brazil.
UAVs have become precision instruments for spreading crops in a way that exchanges places with agricultural machinery to reduce fertilizer use, conserving resources and protecting the environment
from pollution. It can also monitor livestock, crops and water levels to provide high-resolution images of the health of crops, for example.