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Journal of Ecology and Environment

, 41:21

First Online: 19 May 2017Received: 29 April 2017Accepted: 12 May 2017DOI: 10.1186-s41610-017-0040-5

Cite this article as: Han, YG., Yoo, S.H. & Kwon, O. j ecology environ 2017 41: 21. doi:10.1186-s41610-017-0040-5

Abstract

BackgroundConventional bird observation methods are line survey or point count method by bare eyes or through binoculars or telescopes. But in this study, the possibility of monitoring waterbirds using drones beyond the conventional research methods was explored. It also describes the direction of producing and accumulating images of waterbird habitats as a method to efficiently determine changes in waterbird habitats.

ResultsFrom the study, it was concluded that waterbird monitoring using drones was a new monitoring technique which could be applied to the field and 26 kinds of waterbirds were observed. In the case of a drone with a single lens, it was difficult to identify objects because the size of the subject was too small at a certain altitude. In this case, zoom lens can be an alternative. It has also been verified that image analysis software can be used to accumulate images of waterbird habitats.

ConclusionsIf various kinds of advanced drones and cameras are used, it would be possible to monitor larger areas including the areas that are difficult for human access and to observe more waterbirds and wider habitats.

KeywordsUAV Drone Water bird Monitoring Habitat Image Mapping software AbbreviationsGPSGlobal positioning system





Autor: Yong-Gu Han - Seung Hwa Yoo - Ohseok Kwon

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/







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