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dc.contributor.advisorRunesson, Ulf
dc.contributor.advisorBilyk, Alex
dc.contributor.authorDavison, Brooke
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-09T15:51:33Z
dc.date.available2019-10-09T15:51:33Z
dc.date.created2017
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca:7070/handle/2453/4412
dc.description.abstractThis study was done to test the ability for Unmanned Aerial System (UAV) equipped with thermal imagery cameras to detect thermal decay of footprints within the snow left by people, in hopes to apply thermal imagery and drones into wildlife surveying. The UAV DGI Inspire that was used and had a colour visual (RGB) ZENMUSE camera attached with an electronically stabilizing gimbal and the FLIR Vue Pro camera which is able to record and take images in thermal. The scope of the trial was for students to walk into a snow-covered McClusky airfield, fly multiple flights after and during the time that the tracks were being left and to analyze the images. It was found that the pixel resolution and quality of the FLIR Vue Pro camera was not able to detect footprints left within the airfield. It is suggested to fly in a better suited area at colder temperatures and deeper snow, use a higher quality of camera, and fly at a lower altitude in future hopes of applying thermal imagery to detection of wildlife and their tracks.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectUnmanned aerial vehiclesen_US
dc.subjectThermal imageryen_US
dc.subjectWildlife monitoringen_US
dc.subjectWildlife surveyingen_US
dc.titleExploring UAV technology and thermal imagery to aid in tracking animal prints in the winteren_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameHonours Bachelor of Environmental Managementen_US
etd.degree.levelBacheloren_US
etd.degree.disciplineNatural Resources Managementen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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