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Detecting nests of lapwing birds with the aid of a small unmanned aerial vehicle with thermal camera

Israel, Martin and Reinhard, Aline (2017) Detecting nests of lapwing birds with the aid of a small unmanned aerial vehicle with thermal camera. In: IEEE International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, pp. 1-9. IEEE Xplore. International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, 13.-16. Jun. 2017, Miami, USA.

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Abstract

Due to increasingly dense agricultural land use, many ground breeding birds are threatened with extinction or near threatened. We present a new method, to detect lapwing and other ground breeding bird nests. A small UAV with a thermal camera is suitable to detect a lapwing nest from a flight altitude of 40 m. With the aid of a special thermal camera image preprocessing algorithm the contrast could be enhanced by 10 to 50% which improves the detectability of nests. We successfully demonstrated, that we detected 93% of the known nests. This paper describes and analyzes the necessary conditions for optimal lapwing nest detection with a UAV borne thermal camera.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/112510/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Detecting nests of lapwing birds with the aid of a small unmanned aerial vehicle with thermal camera
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Israel, Martinmartin.israel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5600-0144
Reinhard, Alinea.reinhard (at) nabu-station.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2017
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-9
Publisher:IEEE Xplore
Status:Published
Keywords:UAV, Ground Breeding Birds, Animal Welfare, RPAS, UAS, MAV, Application, Detection, Eggs, Agricultural Fields
Event Title:International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Event Location:Miami, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-16. Jun. 2017
Organizer:IEEE Org.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben hochauflösende Fernerkundungsverfahren
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > Experimental Methods
Deposited By: Israel, Martin
Deposited On:29 May 2017 09:02
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:09

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