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Drones for Ecological Research

The UAS4Ecology Lab is a facility that uses the technology of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to answer ecological questions. The lab was founded in 2016 by Signe Normand, the scientific leader of the Lab.

The laboratory combines cutting-edge drone and sensor technology with field-based ecological methods. We have a full set of UAS sensors (e.g. LiDAR, hyperspectral, multispectral, thermal), operate a variety of rotor-based and fixed-winged drones, and have the required high-precision GNSS equipment and handheld hyperspectral sensors for thorough ground control and ground truthing. Members of the Lab have repeatedly worked under challenging conditions in remote areas of Greenland and thus have optimized the equipment for data collection under these extreme environments. Furthermore, we have hardware, software, and workflows to efficiently process and analyse UAS-based data.

The UAS4Ecology Lab has a tight collaboration with the national infrastructure for drone-based research (UAS-ability). Lab members engage in teaching courses for satellite- and drone-based remote sensing in Environmental Sciences, either in the frame of PhD courses or in courses for practitioners applying the UAS technology in their daily work in the administration or consulting.

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Signe Normand

Professor, Centre Director

Urs Treier

Research Scientist & UAS4Ecology Lab manager

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