Remote Sensing

Remote sensing

Remote sensing, which includes aerial photography, photogrammetry and LiDAR surveys, is an increasing useful tool for ecologists, archaeologists, land managers and the agricultural sector. We now offer a comprehensive remote sensing data capture and data analysis service.

Recent advances in sensor technology have greatly reduced the costs of gathering high quality data and it is now possible to survey large areas of land or water at low costs using this technology.

Together, our in-house GIS and ecological survey experts, bioacousticians and our Chief UAV Engineer and Pilot have developed a comprehensive remote sensing service that includes aerial survey using conventional manned aircraft and both fixed wing and multi-copter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are also known as drones.

Advantages of remote sensing

With the vastly reduced cost of sensor technology, remote sensing offers many advantages over conventional survey techniques, including:

Greater accuracy
Time efficiency (large areas can be covered in a short space of time)
Repeatability (survey transects can be re-flown following precise flight paths)
Defensible data (remote-sensed data is less prone to surveyor bias)
Less intrusion, low disturbance (aerial surveys of birds and cetaceans avoid disturbance bias)
Creation of 3D models (LiDAR and photogrammetry can provide both surface and canopy data)

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