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Sonja Betschart

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My Drone Adventures missions give me the opportunity to empower local people around the world to use drone mapping technology for meaningful projects and to write about how drones can make a positive impact in countless situations. And when not on a Drone Adventures, I spend my time at Pix4D where we innovate daily to push image processing software a step further.

by and   -   October 6, 2015
Credit: Karen Falk
Credit: Karen Falk

What happens when you mix ancient Bushmen knowledge with the latest in drone technology? Our experiment of joining these two very opposite worlds makes up for a completely new way of counting wildlife. By Matthew Parkan and Sonja Betschart.

Preparing eBees for flight with help from local villagers.

Exactly one year after our first mission to Namibia for the SAVMAP project, a team made up of Drone Adventures, EPFL’s LASIG lab and Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve came together again in the Southern African savanna from May 16 to 23, 2015 to apply last year’s findings and push the limits of civilian drone use for nature conservation applications one step further.

Tim Produit giving a lecture at Gobabeb Research & Training Center on Vegetation Indexes.
Tim Produit giving a lecture at Gobabeb Research & Training Center on Vegetation Indexes.

Timothée Produit of EPFL’s LASIG lab and his colleague Matthew Parkan show us how to use multi-spectral imagery acquired by the eBee and converted to NIR and RGB orthomosaics with Pix4Dmapper to create vegetation base maps.

This past May, Drone Adventures teamed up with Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve, as well as the Polytechnic of Namibia to carry out a two-week mapping mission to explore the variety of uses that drone mapping can offer nature conservation.