About the Workshop
Advanced cameras mounted on satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are increasingly being used in diverse fields, ranging from ecology to urban-planning. Multi-spectral satellite data can help monitor the impact of droughts, measure changes in vegetation, or reveal the long-term impact of humans on the landscape. Drones provide complementary, high-resolution and targeted information, and can be cheaply deployed to remote areas at high cadence.
- Using drones and satellites to monitor coastal environments and ecology.
- Archaeology from drones and satellites.
- Drones as a tools for astronomy applications and monitoring light polution.
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of custom-built drones versus off-the-shelf solutions.
- Using drones to validate data from satellite cameras.
- Science using multi-spectral and hyperspectral cameras.
Our invited speakers show that new technology can be harnessed for good: saving the natural world.
Prof Steven Longmore is an astronomer and head of the astro-ecology groupat Liverpool John Moore's University. His astronomy research aims to understand how the Universe evolves over cosmic time. He also has a keen interest in applying astronomical techniques to tackle problems a little closer to home, such as helping ecologists save endangered species.
Dr Paul Butcher is a senior research scientist with the Fisheries Conservation Technology Unit of the DPI. He is in charge of monitoring sharks as part of the NSW Government's $16 million Shark Management Strategy and is currently involved in the largest shark tagging program in the world. Since 2016, he has been running trials of drone technology to better detect and deter sharks off the NSW coast.
Slides from the presenters are now linked in the program below:
The workshop was held at the Collaborative Learning Forum, 17 Wally's Walk, Macquarie University.
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