2016 Workshop: Natural Resource Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (Cloquet)

aerial drone photo

This is the second offering of a new workshop addressing an emerging technology with potential widespread use in natural resource management. The use of unmanned aerial systems  (also referred to as UASs, UAVs or drones) is rapidly growing among hobbyists, and also among agriculture researchers and crop consultants. UAS also have potential applications to forestry and natural resource management including inventory, photography, rapid site assessment after disturbance, and perhaps even timber sale administration.

This is a one-day workshop including classroom time and field demonstrations designed to introduce natural resource managers to potential applications of UAS in their forest and land management work.

New workshop format

This workshop includes a reconfigured agenda designed to allow participants greater flexibility. The morning session  will include an overview of different UAS system types (including fixed-wing vs. quadcopter-style systems), a discussion of potential natural resource applications, and weather permitting, a demonstration flight. The optional afternoon session  will review capabilities to analyze data collected by a common (and typical) fixed-wing mapping “drone.” While most of us are familiar with UAS’ ability to capture video and photos, natural resource managers may be interested in the quite powerful data analysis capabilities as well, many of which are comparable to LiDAR data analysis methods and outputs.

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Times:  UAS overview and demonstration: 8:15am – noon. Optional data processing session: 12:45-4:00pm.
Location: Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Rd, Cloquet MN  55720
Instructor: Bill Anderson, UMN
Cost: Morning only: $75 SFEC members, $140 others, $40 students.
Full day: $125 SFEC members, $225 others, $70 students.
CE Credits:  6.0 Cat 1-CF SAF
Workshop agenda (.pdf)

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Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager
esagor@umn.edu | 218-409-6115