CRSS Ottawa Chapter Joint Event

UAV Talk: GoGeomatics & CRSS Ottawa Chapter
Christmas Party


Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Precision Agriculture and in Phenomics Research

Precision Agriculture and the emerging field of phenomics (using high-throughput phenotyping techniques) can be useful in mitigating the effects of the factors listed above. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Remote Sensing are geospatial technologies that enable the use of Precision Agriculture and phenomics. Traditional remote sensing platforms such as satellite systems and manned aircraft have been used in agriculture for the last few decades. The last few years have shown an increasing interest in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as a platform for carrying a variety of sensors such as high-resolution RGB cameras, multispectral cameras, and thermal cameras. Engineers are also designing and building UAV platforms that can carry larger sensors such as hyperspectral, LiDAR, and passive radiometer.

UAVs present substantial advantages in agriculture applications in terms of time, cost, precision for both the farmer and the crop scientist conducting research in phenomics. UAV platforms allow for the collection of valuable data over small and medium-sized areas. Vegetation Indices (e.g., NDVI, NDRE, EVI) collected weekly can provide high-resolution (better than 10-cm) information on the vigour of the crops within a field. Crop height can also be extracted from the data and can be used for biomass calculations. Farmers can use this information to optimally manage the application of fertilizers and pesticides. Crop scientists can use this information to design better crop hybrids suitable for specific conditions.

At the joint GoGeomatics Ottawa and CCRS-Ottawa event Dr. Saeid Homayouni (University of Ottawa) and Regie Alam (ASG Mapping Ltd) will do a presentation on their experience this past summer with the use of UAVs in Precision Agriculture in phenomics research.

Event details:

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


James Street Pub
390 Bank St. (corner Bank and James)· Ottawa, ON

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