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Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology ›› 2017, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (2): 528-536.doi: 10.13287/j.1001-9332.201702.030

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Small unmanned aerial vehicles for low-altitude remote sensing and its application progress in ecology.

SUN Zhong-yu1, 2, CHEN Yan-qiao1, YANG Long1*, TANG Guang-liang1, YUAN Shao-xiong1, LIN Zhi-wen1   

  1. 1Guangdong Open Laboratory of Geospatial Information Technology and Application/Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangzhou 510070, China;
    2South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China.

  • Received:2016-07-11 Online:2017-02-18 Published:2017-02-18
  • Contact: * E-mail: yanglong@gdas.ac.cn
  • Supported by:
    This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China(31400380), the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong (2014A030310225), the Science and Technology Plan Project of Guangdong (2015B070701020) and the Platform Environment and Ability Construction Project of Guangdong Academy of Sciences (2016GDASPT-0301).

Abstract: Low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) remote sensing system overcomes the deficiencies of space and aerial remote sensing system in resolution, revisit period, cloud cover and cost, which provides a novel method for ecological research on mesoscale. This study introduced the composition of UAV remote sensing system, reviewed its applications in species, population, community and ecosystem ecology research. Challenges and opportunities of UAV ecology were identified to direct future research. The promising research area of UAV ecology includes the establishment of species morphology and spectral characteristic data base, species automatic identification, the revelation of relationship between spectral index and plant physiological processes, three-dimension monitoring of ecosystem, and the integration of remote sensing data from multi resources and multi scales. With the development of UAV platform, data transformation and sensors, UAV remote sensing technology will have wide application in ecology research.