Lian Pin Koh: A drone's-eye view of conservation
Lian Pin Koh - Drones ecologist
Lian Pin Koh expands conservation efforts by championing the use of low-cost autonomous aerial vehicles. Full bio
these components are.
your own conservation drone,
and more complicated,
in a lawnmower-type pattern
and panic for the next few minutes
to look up in the treetops
that was flying overhead,
of just the animals themselves,
these animals live in,
plantations might be expanding,
for detecting poachers or their campfires at night.
of these animals across the landscape.
and cumbersome radio antenna,
about this technology.
fooling around with toy planes.
About the speaker:Lian Pin Koh - Drones ecologist
Lian Pin Koh expands conservation efforts by championing the use of low-cost autonomous aerial vehicles.
Why you should listen
Lian Pin Koh is a relentless tinkerer and science fiction movie geek, though most know him as an environmental scientist. His dreams of combining these interests led him to cofound, with colleague Serge Wich, the site ConservationDrones.org, a project dedicated to gathering intelligence on forests and wildlife through the use of low-cost unmanned flying machines.
Ground surveys are expensive, and are not conducted at a sufficient frequency. Furthermore, some remote tropical forests have never been really surveyed for biodiversity. Koh's machines have already collected valuable information in Sumatra, Congo, Gabon, and Madagascar.
He is an assistant professor of applied ecology and conservation at the ETH Zurich.
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