Accession Number : AD1014009

Title :   Photogrammetry with an Unmanned Aerial System to Assess Body Condition and Growth of Blainville's Beaked Whales

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration La Jolla United States

Personal Author(s) : Claridge,Diane ; Dunn,Charlotte ; Durban,John ; Fearnbach,Holly ; Perryman,Wayne

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Report Date : 30 Sep 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : We propose to use the NOAA APH-22 marine hexacopter as an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to obtain vertical images of whale lengths and width profiles. This small, battery-powered platform is quiet, cost-effective and safe to operate from small boats, and can hover over animal groups. We will launch the hexacopter from a boat platform to fly short missions over beaked whales when they are sighted close-by at the surface, obtaining high resolution digital images from a height of approximately 30m. We will validate this system for beaked whales during a field trial in summer 2016 south of Great Abaco Island, northern Bahamas, where a photo-identification study over 18 years has demonstrated high site-fidelity of Md.

Descriptors :   photogrammetry , WHALES , unmanned aerial vehicles , DRONES , images , measurement

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE