The use of UAVs in forest management

Athanasios Kandylas, Dylan Rayner & Juan Blanco Perales

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


In recent years, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been introduced in conservation and the ongoing technological advancements have enabled them to compete with commonly used techniques, such as manned crafts -airplanes, helicopters- and satellites. Not only can UAVs become a cost-effective alternative, but they can provide a whole new view in observing natural phenomena and ecosystems functioning. This project explores the potential of using UAVs in forest conservation management efforts, using the Brazilian Amazon rainforest as a case-study area. A forest monitoring scenario, consisting of data collection devices, an autonomously navigated drone and a software for the analysis of the acquired data is presented in this report. In order to gain experience and investigate this scenario an indoor-scaled down model was made, using a ‘DJI Tello-EDU’ drone and an ‘ESP32 Hi-Grow’ sensor. Overall, technological challenges related to the UAV’s autonomous navigation, hardware and software communication and the processing of the acquired data, are discussed.

UddannelserBasis - International Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider31
VejledereTroels Andreasen