Drone-Assisted Aerial Surveys of Large Animals in Siberian Winter Forests [post]

Victor Atuchin, Alexander Prosekov, Anna Vesnina, Alexander Kuznetsov
2020 unpublished
There are two main reasons for monitoring the population of forest animals. First of all, regular surveys reveal the real state of biodiversity. Second, they guarantee a prompt response to any negative environmental factor that affects the animal population and make it possible to eliminate the threat before any permanent damage has been done. The research objective was to study the potential of drone planes equipped with thermal infrared imaging cameras. Drone planes proved effective in
more » ... effective in covering large areas, while thermal infrared cameras provided accurate statistics in the harsh winter conditions of Siberia. The research featured the population of the European elk (Alces alces), which is gradually deteriorating due to poaching and deforestation. The surveyed territory included the Salair State Nature Reserve in the Kemerovo Region, or Kuzbass (Russia). The authors developed an effective methodology for processing the data obtained from drone-mounted thermal infrared cameras. The research provided reliable results concerning the changes in the elk population on the territory in question. The use of drone planes proved an effective means of ungulate animal survey on large areas of Siberian winter forests.
doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-55278/v1 fatcat:su4pvghnnbal5m24porgnxzwxu