Growth and opportunities for drone surveillance in pinniped research

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Gregory D Larsen, David W. Johnston


Pinniped species undergo uniquely amphibious life histories that make them valuable subjects for many domains of research. Pinniped research has often progressed hand-in-hand with technological frontiers of wildlife biology, and drones represent a leap forward for methods of aerial remote sensing, heralding data collection and integration at new scales of biological importance. Drone methods and data types provide four key opportunities for wildlife surveillance that are already advancing pinniped research and management: (1) repeat and on demand surveillance, (2) high-resolution coverage at large extents, (3) morphometric photogrammetry, and (4) computer vision and deep learning applications. Drone methods for pinniped research represent early stages of technological adoption and can reshape the field as they scale towards the full potential of their techniques.



Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Integrative Biology, Marine Biology, Other Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Population Biology, Research Methods in Life Sciences, Zoology


drone, remote sensing, pinniped, wildlife technology, Photogrammetry


Published: 2023-09-03 17:30


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