Drones for Conservation - Field Guide for Photographers, Researchers, Conservationists and Archaeologists

  • ISBN-13: 9781366675804
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The pace of technological change is breathtaking. Current cell phones have thecapacity that main frame computers did when I was a graduate student. Molecularbiology uses technology that changes on almost a daily basis.And now drones are upon us. Their ubiquity and uses proliferate faster thanneeded good sense of where they are appropriate and when not. But what aboutclear positives, like aiding conservation?Drones for Conservation is essentially just in its infancy, but while we can lamentthe possible consequent avoidance of a good slog of a field study, we can alreadysee multiple benefits falling from the skies as it were. Yes there are insights thatcan only come from careful on the ground field research, but the ability of dronesto soar over the conservation priority at hand is rapidly empowering conservationand conservation science.Kike Calvo, a highly talented National Geographic Creative photographer andconservationist, had the prescience to understand the potential of drones. And muchas the photographer that he is likes to share his images, Kike as a conservationist,has generously created this book to share some early and great examples in whichconservation has benefited from this 21st century emerging technology.So Drones for Conservation is very much a first. With actual examples from aroundthe world, it also has very practical sections on how to use drones effectively - asusual there is never a substitute for carefully thinking out a project in advance.This comes at a time when the pressure on nature and biological diversity isunprecedented, and, unfortunately, accelerating. So anything technology can doto make the collective conservation enterprise more effective is highly welcomeand will benefit future generations.The conservation and science conservation community owe a debt of gratitudefor this energetic young photographer and conservationist. Knowing him, thepreferred form of payment is in conservation and science.Thomas E. LovejoyUniversity Professor of Environmental Science and PolicyGeorge Mason UniversityNational Geographic Conservation Fellow

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