Online video: Using drones to assist in plant conservation
Presenter: Ben Nyberg, National Tropical Botanical Garden
Full Title: SCGIS - Using drones to assist in plant conservation: Discovery, monitoring and sky-truthing predictive model
The National Tropical Botanical Garden has been collecting rare plant data in Hawai`i for over 40 years. When this information is paired with GIS technology, predictive indices can be created. Resulting predictive models indicate that native cliff habitats have a high probability for persisting populations of rare plant species. While this habitat type has been shown to provide endangered plants with refuge from invasive ungulates, surveying these areas has been difficult and treacherous... until now.