Dro.M.E. Drone in Marine Ecology

Drones are robotic planes also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Although they still remain to be fully developed and researched, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are considered an important tool for monitoring purposes (Getzin et al. 2012), also in the framework of wildlife ecology and conservation. 

Dro.M.E. is a self-financed project of MareTerra - ERC supported by Nauta-rcs, Progetto Natura and private donors. The project aims to test the feasibility of using drones to study dolphin ecology and behaviour and to monitor marine wildlife, macrophytes and seagrasses. The first objectives of the project are: i) to measure the noise produced by the drone and the potential disturbance effect on wildlife; ii) to verify the efficiency of UAVs in measuring mechanical damage on seagrass meadow related to boat anchoring; iii) to collect dolphin behavioural data from a different point of view (the aerial one).

 

 

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