Drones For Earth Weekend 2021 – Glacier Arolla

This year Drones For Earth was in the swiss valley Arolla for their annual members outing. Again we taught each other the useful and necessary skills for completing the challenging missions we do, plus test our equipment to it’s limits, while of course having a good time! 🙂

Here the processed output:

Back in Kuzikus, Namibia

Mapping again the entire 100km2 of Kuzikus and this time in only 4 days!

Still the goal here in this wildlife reserve is to find faster and better ways to do wildlife management.

Namibia – all about tracks

Yes, you are reading correctly. Namibia it was again! This time with a team made up of Drones For Earth, WildTrack, and all the team at Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve where we all met.

With great advancements in technology in the last two years the bar was set high: map-process-train AI – apply AI to detect tracks not only of different animal species, but also between different animals within the same species.

As a small side project, the entire 100sqkm of the reserve was mapped at 4cm resolution.

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Drones For Earth Weekend 2020 – Glacier d’Orny

Every year the Drones For Earth team heads out to complete a project altogether. Besides reviewing all aspects of a drone mapping mission, from planning and preparing to capturing the data and processing, it’s also about having a great time together!

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Drones for sharks!

With already over 15 missions under our belt, we have mapped just about any landscape with our drones. But the one thing we haven’t done yet is to give marine conservation a hand. Mapping St-Joseph atoll in the Seychelles and acquiring high-resolution aerial images to identify shark and ray pups seemed like the perfect challenge to introduce our drones to the salty and wet air of marine conservation.

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Namibia 2.0: Nature conservation revisited

Exactly one year after our first mission to Namibia for the SAVMAP project, a team made up of Drones For Earth, EPFL’s LASIG lab and Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve came together again in the Southern African savanna from May 16 to 23, 2015 to apply last year’s findings and push the limits of civilian drone use for nature conservation applications one step further.

Protecting endangered animals like the Black Rhino and plants like the endemic and fascinating Welwitschia mirabilis, proposing new ways of managing land sustainably in semi-arid savannas and finding new approaches to counting wildlife were all important topics on our agenda this year.

The mission in numbers:

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Classifying Namibia’s savanna: Turning drone imagery into vegetation base maps

Timothée Produit of EPFL’s LASIG lab was part of our Namibian mission in May 2014. During the mission, Tim gave lectures both at the Polytechnic of Namibia as well as at the Gobabeb Research & Training Center on how to use the acquired drone imagery to classify terrain. Once all the imagery of the mission had been processed back home in Switzerland, Tim went on to use our data for classification purposes.

In this blog, we explore how to use multi-spectral imagery acquired by the eBee, processed into orthomosaics using Pix4Dmapper, to create vegetation base maps.

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