Habitat Mapping

Drones or RPAS provide the perfect tool for high resolution surveying and mapping for hard to reach or dangerous areas.

Offering resolutions down to 1 cm, UAVs provide a unique insight and a level of detail not previously viable. This is exactly what the client required for a recent habitat monitoring project where a vast open and hazardous area of boggy wetland needed mapping. Traditional approaches would have seen teams of ecologists surveying the ground using GPS enabled tablets or even worse. pen and paper – a time consuming and expensive way of data collection with a large degree of unknown accuracies both from the GPS but also surveyor interpretation.

Drawing on Skycap’s extensive background in habitat mapping and UAV operations our client commissioned a full unmanned aerial survey over several hundred hectares of wetland habitat.

By using a combination of high resolution colour and near infra-red cameras skycap analysts were quickly able to produce a detailed map and vegetation classification for the entire site.

By combining colour and near infra-red and undertaking an NDVI calculation a map quickly emerges showing the differences in reflectiveness of every 2cm on the ground. This data was then used to map all land use types from hard standing, to bare ground and various habitat types. As a further step the client then approved a small number of short focused surveys to ground truth some of the data which allowed our analysts to delve down further in to the data and identify vegetation species. The areas of each habitat type can now be calculated and a series of goals and management plans can be put in place to maintain and monitor development.
Drones or RPAS provide the perfect tool for high resolution surveying and mapping for hard to reach or dangerous areas.

Offering resolutions down to 1 cm, UAVs provide a unique insight and a level of detail not previously viable. This is exactly what the client required for a recent habitat monitoring project where a vast open and hazardous area of boggy wetland needed mapping. Traditional approaches would have seen teams of ecologists surveying the ground using GPS enabled tablets or even worse. pen and paper – a time consuming and expensive way of data collection with a large degree of unknown accuracies both from the GPS but also surveyor interpretation.

Drawing on Skycap’s extensive background in habitat mapping and UAV operations our client commissioned a full unmanned aerial survey over several hundred hectares of wetland habitat.

By using a combination of high resolution colour and near infra-red cameras skycap analysts were quickly able to produce a detailed map and vegetation classification for the entire site.

By combining colour and near infra-red and undertaking an NDVI calculation a map quickly emerges showing the differences in reflectiveness of every 2cm on the ground. This data was then used to map all land use types from hard standing, to bare ground and various habitat types. As a further step the client then approved a small number of short focused surveys to ground truth some of the data which allowed our analysts to delve down further in to the data and identify vegetation species. The areas of each habitat type can now be calculated and a series of goals and management plans can be put in place to maintain and monitor development.