A protocol for the aerial survey of penguin colonies using UAVs

Ratcliffe, Norman; Guihen, Damien; Robst, Jeremy; Crofts, Sarah; Stanworth, Andrew; Enderlein, Peter. 2015 A protocol for the aerial survey of penguin colonies using UAVs. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 3 (3). 95-101.

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Penguins, and many other seabirds, often nest in the open in large colonies, and so are amenable to aerial survey. UAVs offer a flexible and inexpensive method of achieving this but, to date, few published examples are available. We present a protocol for acquiring aerial images of penguin colonies using UAVs and describe simple, open-source tools for processing these into counts. Our approach is demonstrated using a case study for a penguin colony in the Falkland Islands. We discuss the advantages and limitations of UAVs for penguin surveys and make recommendations for their wider application.

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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Ecosystems
Additional Keywords: aerial survey, colony, drone, penguin, seabird, UAV
Date made live: 10 Apr 2015 11:08 +0 (UTC)

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