A thermal imaging camera records the intensity of radiation in the infrared part of
the electromagnetic spectrum and converts it to a visible image.
What is infrared?
infrared, are invisible to the human eye.
We’re s’not kidding when we say this is a whale of a story! The Massachusetts-based Ocean Alliance has been using a unique and innovative thermal imaging-equipped research drone with a a series of petri dishes that collect whale blow, or, snot. Cleverly named the ‘SnotBot,’this modified DJI Inspire drone is equipped with a FLIR Vue Pro thermal imaging camera and is flown into the blow from whales to collect samples. The whale blow collected by SnotBot contains DNA, micro biomes, pregnancy hormones, and stress hormones and helps researchers to better understand these massive mammals. Interestingly, with the Vue Pro on...
George Powell, Director of Wildlife Conservation at World Wildlife Fund shares how they are using drones equipped with thermal to aid the organization's research and conservation efforts of large and endangered species in Africa. Q: Tell us about your project?A: We are testing the limits of small drones as a tool for managing national parks and other protected areas while working to expand those limits through strategic R&D. We have focused mostly in African savanna, where populations of large animals, including elephants, rhinos, and lions, are experiencing such severe rates of decline that they will likely disappear if these trends...