2015 Workshop: Natural Resource Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (Brainerd)
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.
Bill Anderson, Adjunct Professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, was the instructor. The workshop was designed with the following learning objectives:
- Have a working knowledge of UAS system basics: key components and how they function together
- Understand the capabilities and limitations of typical UAS systems
- Participate in a field demonstration of a professional mapping UAS
- See a demonstration of UAS image processing and the generation of output products
- Understand cost/benefit considerations well enough to make a relatively informed decision about potential uses of UASs in their work