Unmanned aircraft systems in wildlife research: current and future applications of a transformative technology

  title={Unmanned aircraft systems in wildlife research: current and future applications of a transformative technology},
  author={Katherine S Christie and Sophie L. Gilbert and Casey L. Brown and Michael Hatfield and Leanne Hanson},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment},
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones – are an emerging tool that may provide a safer, more cost-effective, and quieter alternative to traditional research methods. We review examples where UAS have been used to document wildlife abundance, behavior, and habitat, and illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of this technology with two case studies. We summarize research on behavioral responses of wildlife to UAS, and discuss the need to… 

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