Special Issue "The Use of Drones at Field Stations and Research Reserves"
A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017).
Interests: spatial modeling; remote sensing; drones; lidar; historical archives; surveys; participatory mapping; forests; agriculture; wetlands; climate change
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Field stations and research reserves are centers of research, conservation, education, and public outreach. Spanning a gradient of natural environments to heavily managed, these properties are living laboratories for important research from genetic to landscape scales. The research at these stations produces "baseline and sentinel data that can be used to study ecosystems at a time when human activities are altering nature at an unprecedented rate” (2014 NRC Report on Field Stations: http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Report/18806). Research managers are tasked with collecting a range of data from ground based instruments for studies in progress and long term monitoring. Increasingly, they encounter specific and diverse needs for imagery that cannot be met through satellite data acquisitions alone. The cost of satellite missions, temporal and spatial resolution, and lack of control have prompted many station managers and researchers to turn to drones to acquire imagery on demand. This special issue focuses on the use of drones on research reserves and field stations. We are interested in contributions that focus on the use of drones at field stations and research reserves, and topics such as:
- Best practices/protocols
- Specific sensor technology: cameras, Lidar, etc.
- Regulatory & cost issues
- Data collection design
- Indices, derivative products, data fusion
- Quality assurance / quality control
- Data management and research-IT
- Remaining needs
- Remaining challenges
Prof. Dr. Maggi Kelly