New paper on orangutan detection with a thermal camera under a drone is out!

We just published a paper in the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems on the successful detection of orangutans with a thermal imaging camera under a drone.

ABSTRACT

We investigated the efficacy of a drone equipped with a thermal camera as a potential survey tool to detect wild Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and other tropical primates. Using the thermal camera we successfully detected 41 orangutans and a troop of proboscis monkeys, all of which were confirmed by ground observers. We discuss the potential advantages and limitations of thermal-equipped drones as a tool to complement other methods, and the potential of this technology for use as a future survey tool.

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1 thought on “New paper on orangutan detection with a thermal camera under a drone is out!

  1. Glad to see the implementation of thermal imaging of orangutans with drones come to pass. I remember several years ago the terrible export hurdles the US government placed on integrating both technologies. Now that you have the tech in country, time to correlate the new imaging techniques with the old nest counting methods. I look forward to learning more as you move ahead.

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