The DroneLab research group at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, UK
DroneLab is a research-group at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute led by Dr Karen Anderson, a remote sensing expert. We undertake cutting-edge scientific research, investigating spatial and temporal dynamics of environmental systems using lightweight, open-source drone technology. We combine customised drone surveys with state-of-the-art image processing approaches such as structure-from-motion photogrammetry. In the field we ensure that our data products have very high spatial resolution and accuracy by complementing our flights with rigorous ground surveys and differential GPS. Our aim is to produce high quality data that allow new fine-grained understanding of landscape processes. We have CAA-trained and accredited pilots and we follow robust methodological protocols. We have experience flying drones in a wide range of settings.
Our scientific research is focused on finding solutions to problems of environmental change. We undertake a wide range of remote sensing research utilising drones coupled with, and complemented by, other remote sensing datasets and rigorous in situ field survey. Our major focus is on terrestrial ecosystems, eco-hydrology and coastal zone research. Fine-grained spatial data such as can be delivered from proximal sensing platforms can revolutionise understanding of biophysical processes and assist in the analysis of coarser-grained spatial data, e.g. from satellites. Members of the DroneLab research group are working on several projects currently to deliver new scientific understanding and evidence-based science