Webinar: Using drones to monitor marine ecosystems

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Drone flying in Kaikōura. Credit: Dave Allen

Dr Leigh Tait from NIWA will describe his research on monitoring kelp and seaweed biodiversity of coastal marine ecosystems with drones.

Drones have great potential for monitoring habitats that are difficult to reach or cover large areas. Leigh has assessed whether standard (RGB) and specialised cameras (multispectral) can accurately distinguish natural coastal habitats and will discuss the efficiency and limitations of this technology.

Leigh will present research from a Sustainable Seas project that has mapped the impact of post-earthquake lifting of the Kaikōura coastline on kelp and other seaweed species. This research will inform management of the coast by identifying areas which need protection to help kelp forests recover.

This webinar is open to everyone but will be of interest to people working in marine management, monitoring, conservation or related science fields.  

Register for Zoom webinar

Webinars are free and available to all. You can join us at the venue, through a virtual hub, or register via Zoom videoconferencing to view on your own device.


Tekapo Room, 10 Kyle Street, Riccarton, NIWA Christchurch

Please note, all visitors to NIWA must sign in on arrival.

If you want to get a group of colleagues together and set up your own virtual hub, please email us at sustainableseas@niwa.co.nz so we can send you instructions on how to join the webinar using videoconferencing. 

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Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:00