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Addressing environmental and atmospheric challenges for capturing high-precision thermal infrared data in the field of astro-ecology
Author(s): Claire Burke; Maisie F. Rashman; Owen McAree; Leonard Hambrecht; Steve N. Longmore; Alex K. Piel; Serge A. Wich
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Paper Abstract

Using thermal infrared detectors mounted on drones, and applying techniques from astrophysics, we hope to support the field of conservation ecology by creating an automated pipeline for the detection and identification of certain endangered species and poachers from thermal infrared data. We test part of our system by attempting to detect simulated poachers in the field. Whilst we find that we can detect humans hiding in the field in some types of terrain, we also find several environmental factors that prevent accurate detection, such as ambient heat from the ground, absorption of infrared emission by the atmosphere, obscuring vegetation and spurious sources from the terrain. We discuss the effect of these issues, and potential solutions which will be required for our future vision for a fully automated drone-based global conservation monitoring system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10709, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VIII, 107091O (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2311673
Show Author Affiliations
Claire Burke, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Maisie F. Rashman, Livermore John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Owen McAree, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Leonard Hambrecht, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Steve N. Longmore, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Alex K. Piel, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Serge A. Wich, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10709:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VIII
Andrew D. Holland; James Beletic, Editor(s)

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