Future research

Forest Health – Drone Imagery

The drone imagery project is currently in its infancy, and has the capability to help Arboretum staff assess forest health using various remote sensing techniques.  

Forest health indicators produced from the drone flights and imagery analysis include identifying specific areas of the forest under stress.  This can be useful to track changes over time and before, or after, extreme weather events.

Weed Mapping

Imagery captured from drone flights can also be used to potentially identify and assess weed growth at the Arboretum.  

Our current system involves field identification using an ArcGIS App and methodology similar to the ACT Government’s Weed Strategy 2009 – 2019.  Field identification can often be time and labour intensive, so using drone imagery can assist with efficiency and more readily identifying invasive weeds at the Arboretum.