Drones continue to demonstrate their usefulness to environmentalists. Compared to a fixed or rotary wing aircraft, the purchase price and operating expenses for a UAS are considerably less, even when funds are scarce. Drones are quieter, can get closer, and can loiter over environmental target areas for longer periods than fixed wing aircrafts. Additionally, thermal imagery and video allow environmental professionals to capture a unique perspective and more meaningful information.
Below are three real-life examples of drones being used for environmental purposes.
1. New York Department of Environmental Conservation deploys fleet of 22 drones to monitor wildlife and forest resources
2. Arctic wildlife biologists use drones to monitor polar bear populations