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Using Unmanned Aircraft to Provide Near Real-Time Updates of Biomass, Forest Structure and Land Use in the Western Amazon

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Small-unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) can provide new ways to observe the environment and replace expensive or labor-intensive inventory methods. Forest carbon is a key uncertainty in the global carbon cycle and is important for carbon conservation schemes. State-of-the-art techniques in forest carbon monitoring typically involve the use of accurate but costly manned aircraft to estimate aboveground carbon density (ACD), making frequent data collection infeasible. We sought to: (1) develop SUAS ideally suited for forest monitoring; (2) identify an effective method for frequent and accurate ACD estimation in a variety of forest types; and (3) develop an integrated system for the rapid detection and monitoring of forest disturbance.
subject
Carbon
Drone
UAS
UAV
contributor
Messinger, Maxwell (author)
Silman, Miles (committee chair)
Anderson, Michael (committee member)
Smith, William (committee member)
Pauca, Paul (committee member)
date
2016-01-11T09:35:22Z (accessioned)
2017-01-10T09:30:13Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
Biology (discipline)
embargo
2017-01-10 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57429 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Using Unmanned Aircraft to Provide Near Real-Time Updates of Biomass, Forest Structure and Land Use in the Western Amazon
type
Thesis

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