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Subject: Drone Data Analysis & Visualization (FIELD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to teach students drone flight operations for the collection, mapping, and analysis of drone imagery. Data analysis will draw on techniques and methods that include mission planning, photogrammetry, structure from motion, and image processing using industry standard applications such as Pix4D. Acquired data will be explored, visualized, and shared using ESRI software. The course encourages teamwork, curiosity, observation, critical thinking, perseverance, and creativity, as well as best practices, ethical conduct, and etiquette regarding fieldwork with drone technologies. We seek motivated students who want to learn practical techniques for acquiring and analyzing aerial data, as well as students who may be skeptical about drone technology.

PREREQUISITES: Experience with GIS software and concepts will be advantageous.

FORMAT: Each module will include a live lecture, discussion, and lab to learn basic drone operations and to conduct mapping missions (streamed and recorded). The labs are designed to provide real world experience with drone image analysis and drone data acquisition. Each lab is followed by practice exercises with support from the instructor. All field work will be conducted in small groups to maximize participant experience with drone equipment. All participants will work in teams and learn aspects associated with different roles: pilot in command, visual observer, and camera operator. All participants will also work collaboratively on a final project for Hurricane Island.

INSTRUCTORS: Jon Caris and Kathleen Dunckel

DATES: August 1-5, 2022


CLASS CAP: 15 Participants

LOCATION: Hurricane Island, ME. More details to come.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: This course is approved by The Wildlife Society (18 CEUs) and the Ecological Society of America (4 CEUs). CEU’s are included for FREE.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ESA CERTIFICATION: This course is approved by the Ecological Society of America for 2 semester hours of qualified coursework that can be used to meet the minimum education requirements in Physical and Mathematical Science.

PRICE: Early bird course fee (end June 12): $1800 professional / $1600 student

SCHOLARSHIPS: Full scholarships are available to participants from countries designated as “lower income” and “lower middle income” in the World Bank List of Economies. Please see our CWS World Scholars Program page for details.

For more information/to register, please visit: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/courses/drone-data

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Wednesday, May 04, 2022