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Using drone technology for ecological bat surveys

How will UAVs impact ecological surveying? Geodime have reduced disturbance and increased accuracy while surveying a cave for bats.

Recently, Geodime were presented with the challenge of checking a cave for the presence of bats, 40m up a sheer rock face. The conventional answer would be for an ecologist to abseil into the cave.
To minimise disturbance to any bats present Geodime used a UAV mounted with a thermal camera and a powerful zoom lens. The weather was challenging but the UAV passed the test withstanding strong winds, low light and even heavy rain.

With the drone-mounted sensors Geodime were able to inspect the cave successfully from the outside.

 

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