ICUAS'17 Paper Abstract


Paper ThC4.2

Israel, Martin (German Aerospace Center), Reinhard, Aline (NABU-Naturschutzstation Münsterland)

Detecting Nests of Lapwing Birds with the Aid of a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Thermal Camera

Scheduled for presentation during the "UAS Applications - VI" (ThC4), Thursday, June 15, 2017, 16:00−16:20, Lummus Island

2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, June 13-16, 2017, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL,

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on April 12, 2021

Keywords UAS Applications, Micro- and Mini- UAS, Payloads


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.



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