Using Drones for Industrial Scale Reforestation
Deforestation for lumber, agriculture, mining, and road construction has had a negative impact on our fragile ecosystem. While it is equally important to control the number of trees destroyed, BioCarbon Engineering is on a mission to counter deforestation by using the latest automation technologies.
They use emerging technologies to deliver precision planting and mapping to increase the uptake rates and the likelihood of healthy forest development. Their integrated system for mapping, reforestation and monitoring is as follows: First, they gather detailed terrain data in order to produce high-quality 3D maps of farmland, plantations and areas to be restored. Then, using the mapping data, their planting UAVs carry out precision planting activities, leading to high up-take rates and mission flexibility. Over time, planting audits are conducted through the use of their mapping devices to provide assessments of ecosystem health.
There are a variety of other tree-planting techniques, including planting by hand and delivering dry seeds by air. However, hand-planting is slow, and spreading dry seeds results in low uptake rates. Could we use this technology to facilitate large scale reforestation in our landslide affected mountains?
Spotted by: Bikram Palikhey