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Special session on Living Planet Symposium 2019 - call for abstracts opened

Call for abstract for our Special session C6.01 “Advances in environmental monitoring thanks to unmanned aircraft“ to be held at Living Planet Symposium 13 – 17 May in Milano is opened by 11 November 2018 at https://lps19.esa.int/abstracts. More details on the session here. Symposium is free

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Special session on Living Planet Symposium 2019

Our proposal for Special session „Advances in environmental monitoring thanks to unmanned aircraft“ during Living Planet Symposium (13-17 May 2019, Milano) was accepted! Looking forward your contributions

New project UAS approach for monitoring plant invasions

We have a new project UAS approach for monitoring plant invasions over different spatial and temporal scales starting soon - July 2018!

Collaboration with IRSTEA group in Grenoble, France

Our long-term collaboration with the IRSTEA research group in Grenoble, France (project DYNARP) focusing on knotweeds is now supported be a small project enabling us to exchange ideas, generate joint manuscripts and plan future research.

End of our project TAČR

By the end of 2017, our three and half year project TAČR TA04020455 (2014-17) Detection and monitoring of invasive species came to the end. Nevertheless we are continuing our research on spatio-temporal patterns of invasions.

COST HARMONIOUS

Members of the team from Institute of Botany and Brno University of Technology take part in the new European action COST HARMONIOUS ( CA16219; Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring), focusing on application of unmanned aircraft technology for both natural and agricultural ecosystems, and constitutes 31 countries. The first meeting was held in October 2017 in Brussels.

EMAPI conference

At the EMAPI 2017 conference in Lisabon we presented two talks „The role of timing in plant invasion monitoring using UAV“ a „Controversial Robinia pseudoacacia in Europe – a site-specific strategy for sustainable management“.

UAS4Enviro 2017 conference

During the conference UAS4Enviro 2017 at Vila Real we presented a poster Dvořák P., Bartaloš T., Brůna J., Vítková M. & Müllerová J. Towards an unmanned system optimized for invasive plant species mapping.

IAVS conference

During the annual IAVS conference in Palermo, a poster „Müllerová J., Bartaloš T., Brůna J., Dvořák P., Kašpar V., and Wild J. Unmanned aircraft, a valuable tool in vegetation structure assessment“ was presented.

Conference Introduced tree species to European forests: challenges and opportunities

At the conference Introduced tree species to European forests: challenges and opportunities (2nd – 5th November 2016, Monte Verità, Switzerland) Michaela Vítková presented a talk Vítková M., Sádlo J., Pergl J., Pyšek P.: Black locust in the Czech Republic: from global ecology to local management. It was published in a book Krumm F. and Vítková L. (2016): Introduced tree species in European forests: opportunities and challenges.

Photogenic Science contest

Imagery acquired by unmanned aircraft is not only useful but can also be beatiful. One of our images of monitored locality in NIR spectrum („Wave“) was selected for the semifinal of Photogenic Science 2016 contest. Guess which one?

NEOBIOTA conference

At NEOBIOTA 2016 conference (14-16 September 2016, 9th International Conference on Biological Invasions Biological Invasions: Interactions with Environmental Change) in Vianden, Luxembourg, we presented a poster Success of black locust Robinia pseudoacacia in Europe - the true story.

Small UAS for Environmental Research Conference

Jana Müllerová attended a conference Small UAS for Environmental Research organized by the University of Worcester, 28-29th June 2016, and presented a talk „Unmanned aircraft for detection & monitoring of invasive plant species“.

Conference Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi 2015)

During the 13th International Conference Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi, September 20 - 24, 2015) the project team presented a poster on unmaned aircraft application for invasive species detection (see abstract).

Participation on 6th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

Member of our team J. Brůna participated in 6th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing held in Bucharest 14 — 18 September 2015. During the course, he extended his knowledge on the latest remote sensing techniques and had a chance to introduce our project to other participants.