Mountain West UAS December Meeting to Feature US Forest Service Drought Monitoring – by Ark Valley Voice Staff

The December meeting of the Mountain West Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) group will feature Dr. Wade Tinkham, a researcher and forester with the US Forest Service who will discuss the importance of monitoring dry conifer forests from above with drones.

The meeting begins at 9:00 am Saturday, December 3 at the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association Community Room, located at 29780 Highway 24 North, Buena Vista.

USFS Scientist dr. Wade Tinkham will be the featured speaker for the Dec. 3 Mountain West UAS meeting. Courtesy photo.

With prolonged drought now a feature of western forests, Wade will discuss why forest management decisions are only as good as the data available to support them. In many instances, forest inventory data is limited in its extent.

One option to make more extensive project data available to managers is the use of unmanned aerial systems to remotely characterize individual trees.

This presentation will review several early studies testing these methods in ponderosa pine-dominated forests.

Tinkham will look at studies that tested how decisions about data acquisition, processing, and modeling impact the quality of forest inventory metrics derived from UAS data.

A link to the Mountain UAS blog post about the event provides more information.

For those who can’t attend in person, a Zoom link will be provided next week.

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