The Breakthrough

Lead author of the study, Dr. Rakan Zahawi, saw the potential of drones when it comes to forest restoration efforts through drone-based remote sensing methodology called "Ecosynth." Drones with 10mp cameras through Ecosynth are able to generate 3D images called point clouds that could indicate vegetation in the land being monitored. This is a cost-efficient alternative to manual monitoring since it demands little to no manpower and it can cover large and hard-to-reach areas.

The Implications

Given that this has lessen the need for manpower to do manual monitoring, farmers can devote more time monitoring their own land and provide richer data concerning forest conservation. This project is part of a long-term study, and Zahawi believes that there's more to study and explore regarding the matter. He notes, however, that the project shows "real promise" as it is.

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