UAV Monitoring of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Population in Plenty Gorge Parklands

RMIT is partnering with Parks Victoria to improve understanding of the feasibility of airborne thermal imagery for monitoring large mammals in parks and reserves, where factors such as terrain limit the application of traditional monitoring techniques.

This research project uses the population of eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in the Plenty Gorge Parklands to test two fundamental knowledge gaps that will inform a broader research program on the use of high level vertical and low level oblique thermal images captured by Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) to monitor large herbivores. Specifically, it will examine how kangaroo detection by UAV thermal images is influenced by factors such as vertical altitude, oblique range, time of day, terrain and foliage density.

Project timeline: 2019 - 2021

Key contributors: Mark Shortis

This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements

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For more information about RMIT’s sustainability commitments and activities visit www.rmit.edu.au/sustainability

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.