Thursday, April 19 • 8:40am - 9:10am
Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Natural Resource Management and Research

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), which are often referred to as drones, have proven to be useful tools for both natural resource managers and researchers. We have deployed UAS on several prescribed fires and tested the pre-fire, post-fire, and during-fire utility of various unmanned platforms and sensors. We have learned valuable lessons with regard to different applications, data collection methods, the scale of operations, navigating the regulatory environment, and the operational limitations of UAS. We will discuss strategies for good data collection and data processing. And we will discuss various UAS derived products, their utility for natural resource managers and researchers, as well as potential shortcomings.


Valentijn Hoff

Valentijn Hoff is a GIS Analyst at the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, part of the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana. He is also a FAA certified UAS pilot. He sometimes serves as a Situation Unit Leader on a Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team or... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 8:40am - 9:10am
Governor Room