Air Photo Service for the Environment
Landscape and habitats
Particularly where you need photos taken at specific times of the year to catch flowering events or where access is difficult or dangerous. Coastal zone and wetland are obvious habitat targets where physical access on the ground is difficult and sometime dangerous.
Longer term monitoring of habitat restoration is also possible where time series data allows the effect of grazing management or intervention to be determined.
Habitat and plant identification
The 3cm resolution and ability to fly at any time of year allows identification work at habitat or even at individual plant level.
The relative inaccessibility and the landscape scale of modern forestry makes it an ideal target for the mini-plane. Applications include the capture of images for harvesting and production planning purposes, for access engineering, for monitoring disease spread and tree condition and for rapidly assessing the impacts of fire events. Projects that traditionally would have involved the hiring of a helicopter and costing thousands can now be done for a small fraction of the cost.
The near silent operation of the mini-plane and its small size make it ideal for covert survey and monitoring. Especially valuable where access is difficult and where the mini-plane can fly over hilly terrain to view locations not visible from your position. Can be used in 'real-time' to quickly locate deer herds for monitoring and management purposes. We haven’t yet tried it for bird monitoring – but its similarity to a raptor may or may not prove problematic!
Parks and Gardens
Use to capture detailed images to record seasonal changes, for publication in public web mapping sites, for visitor guides, etc. Can also provide a valuable record and audit of plant and tree condition / growth and even offers high enough resolution for individual plants to be catalogued.
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