The global celebration of Earth Day sparks a variety of activities throughout the month of April, from recycling to water consumption, tree planting to carpooling. But what about when it comes to a more large-scale conservation effort? One of the tools scientists are using to monitor a variety of conservation efforts around the globe is aerial imagery.
The eye-in-the-sky capture of ground information provides visual data that scientists can more reliably use to monitor areas of new growth, deterioration over a period of time, and where viable opportunities may exist to save current resources.
But it’s not just being used for more typical natural landscapes; aerial imagery is also a big player in urban conservation as well. Consider the level of detail required to address metropolitan sustainability with recreational space, improved air and water quality, or even green building construction. With aerial imagery, conservation efforts can reach new heights on a variety of fronts.
Popular capture techniques
Depending on the size and location of the area being monitored, there are a few ways that scientists and conservationists alike can obtain visual data of a location:
Which method works best?
So which method would provide the best outcome? In the end, any method that helps with conservation is a benefit for all. Whether tracking the growth of eelgrass in Rhode Island, mapping the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin, or monitoring urban tree canopies, having an eye-in-the-sky is a clear advantage. More information means better data for decision making, which in turn could impact improved conservation for our planet, now and in the future.
For more Earth Day tips, check out https://www.earthday.org for additional information.
Akron, OH - captured September 20, 2018
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