UAV Launch

The QuestUAV, a fixed-wing UAV of the type suitable for environmental research, being launched for a recent test-flight.

UAVs in Environmental Research

Scientific meeting, 10 and 11 July 2014

About the event

International experts, users, developers and commercial operators discussed the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in environmental research at a two-day meeting, which took place on 10 and 11 July 2014 at the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus.

In addition to open sessions and plenary discussion, the event featured three excellent keynote speakers who shared their perspectives on the use of UAVs for conservation, wildlife, and land use monitoring.  A high quality programme of scientific talks ran over the two-day programme, alongside an innovative ‘open session’ on the afternoon of 10 July.  During the open session developers, scientists and end-users discussed the state-of-the-art in this emerging discipline.

The UAVs in Environmental Research meeting was hosted by the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), and enabled by funding from the Bridging the Gaps initiative. 

For further details about the meeting, including the context of the event, programme and speakers, or to download a poster (for reference), please use the navigation buttons to the left.

To read presentations from the meeting, please click the links below.

A. Puttock - Using UAVs to quantify structural differences between unimproved & intensively managed grasslands

F. Gonzalez - UASs for plant biosecurity, plant pest detection & surveillance

F. Roumpani - Capturing the city landscape using UAVs

M. Bjerregaard Walsh - Utilising a modified UAV platform for canopy assessment

M. James - Systematic vertical error in UAV-derived topographic models

P. Pomeroy - Different tools for different tasks, RPAs & seal surveys

P. Scholefield - Vegetation structure from a fixed wing UAV system over peatland

R. Edmonds - Use of UAV generated photo mosaic surveys for geological and geomorphological monitoring and mapping on the Jurassic coast

R. Garzonio - Hyperspectral UAV a novel UAV-based spectroscopy tool for environmental monitoring

S. Wich - Conservation Drones & monitoring biodiversity (threats)

B. Basso - The View from Above - Often, accurate & low-cost map making from UAVs (this is a very large file)

A.MacArthur - Dual-field-of-view spectrometer system for reflectance & fluorescence measurement

E. Corke - RPA Legislation - What can and can't be done in the UK

P. Land - Potential of UAVs for water quality management

D. Bird - Unmanned Vehicle Systems and Wildlife Management in the 21st Century

M. Burrows - Detecting onshore impacts of wave power devices: mapping intertidal rock shores with RPAs

Organising committee

This event was organised by Dr Karen Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Natural Environment at the ESI.  Dr Anderson leads what is believed to be the UK's first UAV facility for environmental research encompassing platform and sensor development, environmental applications and data processing.


For further details about this meeting please contact: Jax Metcalfe, Research Support Officer.