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Thursday, September 22 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Drone Imagery for Vegetation and Habitat Studies (Part A)

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This workshop builds on our 2018 ASM drone workshop that surveyed LTER drone use and best practices for creating actionable products and time series. Drone technology is rapidly advancing, with improvements to flight times, instrumentation options, spectral & radiometric resolutions, horizontal and vertical accuracies, 3-D terrain and canopy analyses, and processing software. Workshop Outline: (1) overviews of FAA regulations and restricted airspaces, training and FAA remote pilot certification, and costs for equipment and operations; (2) LTER case-study results from successful projects, as well as lessons learned and common challenges; (3) other values of drone uses, including: a) imagery to support and expand LTER site and cross-site plot and transect-based studies and monitoring, b) synoptic photography to support technical presentations and publications, c) Schoolyard teacher training, and d) public outreach and media coverage; and (4) integrating discussion and next steps.

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John Schalles

Investigator, Creighton
I use satellite and aerial remote sensing (including drones) to investigate spatial and temporal patterns of phytoplankton and wetlands in coastal environments. My work with the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER includes recent documentation of long-term declines (35 years) in salt... Read More →
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Max Castorani

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
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Tom Bell

Postdoc, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
I work at the intersection of ecology, environmental science, and physiology and use remotely sensed imagery (satellite/aerial/UAV, color/multispectral/hyperspectral). I most often work with coastal marine primary producers (kelp/seagrass/coral reefs) but have dabbled in arid/semi-arid... Read More →

Gregory Okin

Jornada Basin LTER
My research focuses on the geomorphology, soils, and vegetation of arid and semiarid lands at scales ranging from meters to regions. One theme that I emphasize in my research is aeolian geomorphology, due to its importance in understanding desert landscape dynamics and because dust... Read More →

Thursday September 22, 2022 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
06. Heather Meeting Room