In Oaxaca (Mexico), we use drones for remote sensing in the context of environmental and agricultural research. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
Drones are publicly perceived like military equipment, for surveillance, espionage and for drug trafficking. This is very unfortunate, because drones are also good tool for various legal civilian applications. The use of this technology facilitates the access to environmental data to communities in rural and remote areas as well as for environmental organizations and groups involved in scientific research.
Pedregal, San Andrés Huayapam (Oaxaca) - 2015 - Skywalker 2013 - Take Off
CAN YOU USE DRONES ALSO IN YOUR PROJECT OR TARGETED AREA?
We are interested to work on it with as many potential partners as possible. That's why we ask you to consider whether the use of drones would be very useful in one of your project activities and thereby reduces costs?
On the following pages, we describe the advantages of this technology as well as the products we manufacture.
Civilian drones have great potential in many different areas of work, because it can move quickly over uneven or rough terrain and overcome any obstacle offering bird's eye imagery and other information obtained by different sensors. The use of this technology facilitates the fast access to spatial data. For this reason it is interesting for science active in the field of ecology and environment, for farmers harvest surveys an monitoring, for construction work, for groups and organizations with few financial resources and projects with the population in rural areas. Drones can be used in forest ecology, water management, planning and monitoring of sustainable agriculture, environmental planning and projects in the context of climate change (quantification of carbon sequestration). They are also suitable for fast initial damage surveys in disaster situations such as forest fires, hurricanes and floods.
WITH DRONES WE MAKE OURSELVES MORE INDEPENDENT FROM THE MARKET!
Drones provide an independent way to obtain images with high information density. High-resolution satellite images are still very expensive and not easy accessible. The few companies which operate the satellites have a quasi-monopoly. For them it is a business, for us a necessity where we have no access otherwise. This is a problem for all groups and organizations with modest financial resources. This is in contrast with the opening of access to sources of spatial data worldwide. Now we face the fact that all images and data files from NASA are freely available through networks of users which are exchanging data. This is important because the Landsat satellites are producing images since 33 years. Any study with a historical line is grateful for this property. On the other hand, private providers are marketing their high-resolution satellite data expensive. So if we need data in relatively small study areas, with finer resolution than the Landsat images, we are blocked. Drones can overcome this fact.
Villa Carlos Green, Tabasco, Mexico. Flights 2015 (Drone: Skywalker 2013 Model E384 / Camera: Canon PS S110 / Altitude 100m / Ground-Resolution 4.71cm / Pixel)
Permaculture Demonstration Center "El Pedregal", San Andrés Huayápam, Oaxaca, Mexico. Flights 2015 (Drone: Skywalker 2013 / Camera: Canon PS S110