CIE Spotlight: Free as a drone: ecologists can add UAVs to their toolbox

Drone_UAV_highresTitleFree as a drone: ecologists can add UAVs to their toolbox

AuthorsBlake M. Allan, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dale G. Nimmo, Mathew Herbert and Euan G. Ritchie

Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Volume 13, Issue 7, 354–355 September 2015

Brief summary of the paper: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are at the cutting edge of technology being applied in ecological research, however the laws and legislations can be difficult to navigate.

We outline the issues and suggest solutions to promote the rapid uptake of UAVs as important tools in conducting ecological field-based studies.