UAVs, or drones, are an emerging technology for high-resolution aerial mapping and provide a powerful new tool for agriculture, forestry, and environmental monitoring throughout the growing season. However, accurate vegetation mapping can require more advanced skills, such as the use of multispectral cameras, the need to cover larger areas with fixed wings, and image processing to visualize plant patterns.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a weekend of hands-on training for vegetation mapping with UAVs, sensors, and software. The target audience is broadly applicable to professionals needing to learn the tools necessary to produce quality imagery layers. This includes forestry, wildfire risk assessment, agricultural applications, environmental consultancies, academic research, drone service providers, and more.

Topics covered will include:

  • Drone hardware and sensors (including fixed wings)
  • Mission planning
  • Best practices for data capture
  • Data processing on the desktop (Pix4D) and cloud
  • Additional complimentary data tools for vegetation visualization using drones
  • Hands-on mapping field exercises

2 nights of housing and meals are included in this workshop at the Blue Oak Ranch (University of California Research Station), an ecological reserve and biological field station in Santa Clara County, California. It is located on 3,260 acres in the Diablo Range, northwest of Mount Hamilton.

No drone experience required prior to the workshop.

Further details and questions can be directed to Greg Crutsinger ([email protected]).

By Dr Gregory Crutsinger

Demonstrated history of working with UAVs and the plant sciences, particularly agricultural drones, mapping and analytics, drone services, and data processing, and training. Experienced in customer service, data analysis, business development, and strategic planning. Strong skills in field applications. PhD in Ecology and former Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.