Special Issue "Forestry Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Inventory, Quantitative Methods and Remote Sensing".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2019
Dr. Alessandro Matese
IBIMET CNR–Istituto di Biometeorologia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, via G. Caproni 8, 50145 Firenze, Italy
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Interests: remote sensing of agroecosystems, precision agriculture, precision forestry, UAV and Satellite remote sensing, wireless sensors network, biogeochemical cycles, data fusion, machine learning, computer vision and geostatistics
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are new platforms that have been increasingly used in the last few years for forestry applications that benefit from the added value of flexibility, low cost, reliability, autonomy, and capability of timely provision of high-resolution data. The main adopted image-based technologies are RGB, multispectral and thermal infrared. LiDAR sensors are becoming commonly-used to improve the estimation of relevant plant traits. In comparison with other permanent ecosystems, forests are particularly affected by climatic changes due to the longevity of the trees and the primary objective is the conservation and protection of forests. Nevertheless forestry and agriculture involve the cultivation of renewable raw materials the difference is that forestry is less tied to economic aspects and this reflects the delay in using new monitoring technologies. The main forestry application aim to inventory resources, map diseases, species classification, fire monitoring and spatial gaps estimation. This Special Issue focuses on new technologies (UAV and sensors) and innovative data elaboration methodologies (object recognition and machine vision) for applications in forestry.
Dr. Alessandro Matese
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- UAV platforms
- Object recognition and machine vision
- Estimation of plant traits including 3D measurements
- Integration of UAVs with satellite images
- Forestry applications