How will UAVs impact ecological surveying? Geodime have reduced disturbance and increased accuracy while surveying a cave for bats.
Recently, Geodime were presented with the challenge of checking a cave for the presence of bats, 40m up a sheer rock face. The conventional answer would be for an ecologist to abseil into the cave.
To minimise disturbance to any bats present Geodime used a UAV mounted with a thermal camera and a powerful zoom lens. The weather was challenging but the UAV passed the test withstanding strong winds, low light and even heavy rain.
With the drone-mounted sensors Geodime were able to inspect the cave successfully from the outside.