Anna Giles Australian Marine Sciences Association 2022

Anna Giles

Remote sensing techniques are instrumental in gaining a holistic understanding of landscape ecology. However, traditional techniques such as satellite imagery are often unable to provide adequate resolution and repetition for finer-scale ecological questions. Drones are a new technology that can bridge the gap between field surveying and traditional remote sensing techniques. My PhD aims to demonstrate the utility of drone-based mapping applications within the context of quantifying ecosystem change over time. I apply the method of drone surveying, map creation and post-processing image classification techniques to different ecosystems across coastal, intertidal, and river environments. I will also be exploring the uses of deep learning algorithms combined with drone imagery to create automated environmental monitoring workflows. This study uses information gained through drone mapping to assist rapid ecological assessments, suggest practical, applied management solutions and monitor ecologically important areas.

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