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Drone Ecology

DRONE ECOLOGY

DRONE ECOLOGY - the missing link for cross-scale integration in ecology

 

How and why the fate of individuals, populations and species vary across space and time is a fundamental question in ecology. Currently, a prominent gap exists in our knowledge on the local dynamics of individuals, their drivers, and how they scale to the dynamics of species distributions across space (centimeters to biomes) and time (years to millennia). Closing the scale gap is essential for understanding vegetation dynamics under global change and their related biodiversity, ecosystem, and societal consequences. This aim of this project is two-fold: (i) investigating the degree to which drone-based remote sensing contribute to closing  the scale-gap and add distinctive insight on vegetation dynamics by analyzing a unique data set of ground-based observations of vegetation composition and drone-imagery sampled across Greenland, (ii) establishing and consolidating the infrastructure and competences needed for mastering unique and innovative applications of drone-based remote sensing to answer questions in ecology. The project substantially contributed to establishment of the UAS4Ecology Lab, a research facility using unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology in combination with novel sensor technology (see BIOSENS) to address ecological questions.

This project contributes to themes 1 and 3

Samira Kolyaie

Ph.d.-studerende Institut for Bioscience - Økoinformatik og biodiversitet

Bjarke Madsen

Ph.d.-studerende Institut for Bioscience - Økoinformatik og biodiversitet

Signe Normand

Lektor Institut for Bioscience - Økoinformatik og biodiversitet

Urs Treier

AC-TAP Institut for Bioscience - Økoinformatik og biodiversitet