Thursday, April 19 • 10:20am - 10:50am
Getting Useful Data from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): From Autopilot to Z-Axis

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As with many new technologies adopted for scientific applications Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been widely heralded for their ability to provide higher resolution data at a lower cost. The ability to capture high resolution 3-D landscape data on demand in remote locations is truly revolutionary. Despite this, the process for using this data to answer relevant scientific and management decisions remains extremely challenging.

This presentation will address the advantages and pitfalls of using UAS throughout the process of planning, piloting, collecting data, and answering questions with that data. Research using UAS to study mountain snowpack and animal behavior in tropical cloud forests will be used as examples to discuss best practices, useful tools, and lessons learned.


Jonathan Byers

Jonathan Byers is a Masters Student in Geography at the University of Montana working on projects using remote sensing and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to study mountain snowpack and tropical cloud forests. His research combines experience as a physical scientist for the National... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Governor Room