Dr. Steve Schill of The Nature Conservancy and Dr. George Raber of The University of Southern Mississippi conducted a hands-on training exercise that involved the flying of the UAS and collection of aerial photos and spatial data at three demonstration sites in Antigua. (source: Department of Environment)
The Department of Environment is implementing a four month Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or ‘drone’ mapping and data management exercise that will show how drone technology can be used to support conservation efforts in Antigua and Barbuda and across the region.
Potential drone for conservation applications include: terrestrial and marine habitat mapping and vegetation health assessments using an infrared lens, high resolution elevation data for modelling watersheds and streams, post disaster (hurricane/flood) recovery efforts, monitoring and inspections in remote areas, sea turtle, seabirds and other wildlife monitoring, as well as various surveillance, enforcement and evidence gathering applications.
Drones can be used to collect large amounts of data at a fraction of traditional costs, helping decision-makers make informed decisions.