We plan to begin using drones to carefully inspect large trees and also to begin creating 3D models of trees. One of our goals is to be able to estimate the amount of carbon stored in the huge trees. Large trees are very important for carbon sequestration, one of the solutions to the problem of climate change. We will tell you more about this soon.
For now, we hope you enjoy this wonderful aerial photo of this huge tree. Scroll down for more information about our drone use.
Small drones have become much more useful as more automation is built into them. The Phantom 4 drone used by Beard House Media is capable of autonomous flight. Jeremiah programmed a grid into the drone’s software. Once it took off, it flew directly to the grid, pausing at set locations along the grid to take a photo. The photo here is stitched together from multiple drone photos.
This video clip shows the drone hovering over the big bur oak, then moving and pausing again.