Vegetation
Mapping

Vegetation Mapping

Accurate Data Down
to the Centimetre

A natural vegetation map is an incredibly useful tool for a variety of applications across a number of industries. Vegetation mapping provides critical information for any land manager and the data can be analyzed to help manage forests, wildlife, watersheds, forest fires, and more. At FulcrumAir, we utilize high-tech equipment, including LiDAR, RGB, hyperspectral, and corona cameras. LiDAR, in particular, provides an extremely high level of topographic detail, and the data can be used to determine tree heights, mill inputs, canopy measurements, volume estimates and more. We also utilize photogrammetry software to extract more specific data from the aerial survey imagery.

Drone for Environmental Monitoring

An Essential Aspect Of Your Project

Wildfire
Management

Wildlife
Management

Vegetation
Analysis

Watershed
Management

Air Quality
Assessments

Stormwater
Management

The Importance of
Aerial Vegetation Mapping

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Understand and
Facilitate Biodiversity

Vegetation mapping can help to establish baseline data sets to determine the overall health of an ecosystem. LiDAR and other sensors collect the necessary data with a high degree of accuracy for identification and classification. Plant diversity is measured through spatial distribution and species richness, both of which can be easily obtained from drone data.

Drone for Environmental Monitoring

Identify and Manage
Invasive Species

Invasive species may include weeds and other noxious vegetation. A vegetation map is useful for taking an inventory of the population and may be used as a means for change detection monitoring to evaluate variants within the ecosystem over time. Change detection analysis is essential for determining comprehensive land use and urban forestry planning.

Drone for Environmental Monitoring

Assess Forest Fire
Risks and Damages

Vegetation maps can help scientists determine the risk of forest fires and develop a proactive plan to minimize potential damages. Maps can also be used to assess the damage of a previous fire or another disaster, and the data can be analyzed to extract information regarding air, water, and soil quality. You can also utilize the data sets for recovery modelling.

Real Challenges.
Real Solutions.

SITUATION

A stand of forested area has been identified as a potential harvest site. Data is needed to determine the best action plan while considering vegetation density, tree species population, and individual tree maturity.

CHALLENGE

Accurate forestry stand planning requires specific metrics, including bare earth models, tree measurements and volumes, and ground slope, and should employ the appropriate technology and analytics to enable informed decision-making.
Vegetation Mapping

SOLUTION

LiDAR sensors and other specialized equipment such as RGB, hyperspectral, and corona cameras are essential for successful vegetation mapping. Together, these sensors, attached to a mapping UAV, can collect all of the necessary data to create a stand plan. Aerial vegetation mapping is faster and more efficient than other methods, and at FulcrumAir, we ensure the best possible service, providing both the drones and all necessary sensors. We strive to remain ‘Always Above’ as our engineers continually develop new and better commercial drone and aerial robotics services to make vegetation and aerial mapping more efficient.

How We Perform Vegetation Mapping

Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry

3D orthomosaics created using photogrammetry software can be used to extract key metrics that are accurate down to the centimetre. Photogrammetry utilizes 2D data and stitches it together to provide more detailed and precise data regarding tree heights, diameters, volumes and counts, and more.
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LiDAR

LiDAR

LiDAR sensors provide the most detailed data. Vegetation mapping using LiDAR technology may involve collecting data to extract bare earth models, slopes, drainage, tree height, diameter, volumes, counts, vegetation indices, and more. Applications for this data include stand planning, volume estimates, mill inputs.
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E2500 series

E2500 series

The E2500 series drone is our proprietary mapping drone. Equipped with LiDAR technology and other specialty sensors, the E2500 is the ideal drone for environmental monitoring. Whether you’re surveying grasslands or forested areas, slopes or valleys, a UAV mapping drone can get the job done faster.
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