Dissecting avian behavior from space

 

Remote sensing has been helping scientists to collect and monitor ecological information since the launch of the first earth-observation satellites. The release of free Landsat satellite images, with continuous coverage from the late 70's, the improvement of Lidar and Radar sensors, and the recent widespread use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's, such as drones), has radically changed how animal ecologists study animal movement, species distributions or environmental management. 

In the July's number of the Sensed Newsletter (published by the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society of UK, RSPSoc), I discuss about how these advances are helping ornithologist to track and count birds, as well as to study their behaviour from space.  I was very pleased they ask me to collaborate with this magazine. Have a look at the article!