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Phenology at the landscape scale: image collection and processing using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

Grant number: 14/13354-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Technical Training Program - Technical Training
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2014
Effective date (End): January 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Cooperation agreement: Microsoft Research
Principal researcher:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Grantee:Leonardo Farage Cancian
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Company:Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Instituto de Biociências (IB)
Associated research grant:13/50155-0 - Combining new technologies to monitor phenology from leaves to ecosystems, AP.PFPMCG.PITE


Phenology studies face time and space constraints: time constraint refers to the fact that data collection/observation is a laborious and time-consuming task; space limitation is concerned with the number of individuals and area that can be covered in a given survey. The use of digital cameras solves the problem of time, but the camera images still cover a limited area and a limited number of species and individuals. The project e-phenology proposes the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for imaging regions of interest and phenology monitoring at the landscape scale. This innovative technique, although used for monitoring agricultural and degraded areas, has not yet been explored in academic research or phenology, but it is considered the new frontier in spatial ecology and conservation (Anderson and Gaston, 2013). As a result, we expect to have a trained technician for ecological research and phenology analysis at the landscape scale using UAV. (AU)

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ALBERTON, BRUNA; TORRES, RICARDO DA S.; CANCIAN, LEONARDO F.; BORGES, BRUNO D.; ALMEIDA, JURANDY; MARIANO, GREICE C.; DOS SANTOS, JEFERSSON; CERDEIRA MORELLATOA, LEONOR PATRICIA. Introducing digital cameras to monitor plant phenology in the tropics: applications for conservation. PERSPECTIVES IN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, v. 15, n. 2, p. 82-90, APR-JUN 2017. Web of Science Citations: 15.

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