Conservation Drones

Environmental conservation can be financially and physically challenging wherever it occurs.

Conservation Drones

Environmental conservation can be financially and physically challenging wherever it occurs, but particularly so in remote, hard-to-access, or geographically vast areas. Research at the University of Adelaide, however, is making a difference.

A team from the University’s Centre for Applied Conservation Science has been investigating the development and use of low-cost unmanned aircraft, or ‘drones’, for conservation-related applications.

Their work—including using drones to successfully survey orangutan populations in dense Sumatran rainforests—has attracted global interest, and led to widespread adoption of this transformative technology throughout the environmental sciences.

In this informative presentation you’ll hear how the team has done it, the impact their work is having internationally, and how it’s supporting our own conservation needs here in Australia.

Get a preview: watch Professor Lian Pin Koh talk about how he’s using drone technology for protect threatened ecosystems.

The Presenter

Professor Lian Pin Koh is an applied ecologist and environmental scientist, and directs the University of Adelaide Centre for Applied Conservation Science. He also heads the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility, and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

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Their work—including using drones to successfully survey orangutan populations in dense Sumatran rainforests—has attracted global interest, and led to widespread adoption of this transformative technology throughout the environmental sciences.

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