Drones, or unmanned aerial/ underwater vehicles (UAVs) can be used to collect data to inform management of the environment e.g. monitoring the spread of invasive species. They can be particularly useful in remote areas which are difficult for fieldworkers to access: coastal cliffs, off-shore islets, dense forest etc. 

drone image of coastal cliffs

They can provide vast amounts of data, which then need to be processed. For example, one hour of flight recording could generate up to 1,800 images. These images then need to be analysed. 

Funds raised during this campaign will be used to increase use and knowledge of UAVs to inform conservation efforts and raise capacity for conservation bodies to use them.

During the 2018 Year of the Reef, funds will provide an opportunity for us to explore the use of underwater drones to monitor and explore life under the sea as well as on land.

Underwater world in the Turks and Caicos Islands; Copyright David Stone Turks and Caicos Reef Fund

You can support this work by donating directly on this page.

We are particularly grateful for pledges of the support for this campaign from the EVE community through EVE_NT.

If there are other ways you would like to get involved, please contact us.

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