CIGA: Monitoring Forest Fire Recovery with Drones

September 23, 2021
Drone fieldwork

Professor Clark's CIGA research team in collaboration with researchers in SSU Biology and Oxford's Environmental Change Institute recently published a paper that investigated how unoccupied aerial systems (UAS, or drones) can be used for monitoring 3-dimensional forest structure, such as height, after fires. The drone data were compared to airborne lidar, which served as a pre-fire view of the forest. This research was based at the Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa and used a drone that looks like a small airplane. Drone data were collected and processed by graduated CIGA interns Corbin Matley and Elise Piazza. Learn More