Use of drones
During our 3. field trip from October 02 – 25, 2018 we conducted the third fieldtrip and second status workshop with all project partners. Besides the field work with our drones the program contained several meetings and discussions.
What’s new about work package 8? – Use of drones for river monitoring?
Being for the first time in service our new „Yuneec“ drone (Typhoon H 520) proved its capabilities and power under the extreme conditions within the Olifants River area. 40°C of heat with high solar radiation and strong wind within the habitat of „the big 5“ were quite a challenge to people and equipment – but we successfully made it.
The new drone offers various interesting options, such as autonomous flying, the capability to carry several camera modules as well as a much more advanced camera with a 20-megapixels resolution.
We systematically took a number of vertical photos of various areas along the Olifants and Selati river in a quality of 1,75 cm / pixel to generate and calculate digital surface models (DSM). The collection of ground control points (GCP) with a DGPS completed our program.
During several meetings we introduced this new method to our South African project partners which led to interesting discussions and exchange of experiences.
Together with SAEON and SanParks we kicked off the planning to create a 14 km long digital surface model within the difficult to access Olifants-Canyon in the Kruger Park. This field work is planned for the 4. fieldtrip in May 2019.