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Aquatic weed surveillance using robotic aircraft

We built and tested a prototype robotic aircraft and surveillance system to detect aquatic weeds in inaccessible habitats.

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Detecting Wheel Cacti
This project examined the role of unmanned aerial vehicles in detecting, classifying and mapping infestations of wheel cactus, Opuntia robusta, over large areas of rangelands in outback Australia.
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Wheel cactus which is native and endemic to Mexico has now naturalised in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. It is often located in terrain which is difficult to access and monitoring and control by unmanned aerial vehicles and remote sensoring offers significant potential.

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Alligator Weed Detection Using UAV
We used a hexacopter to map and classify alligator weeds from an aerial perspective.

In this trial a light weight hexacopter was used to detect alligator weed infestation. The final map product can be opened using Google Earth and can help the weed controllers to locate the infestation.

 

Woody Weed Detection, Classification and Control
"J3 Cub" the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was used to detect and map various species the wood weed in Northern Queensland.
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This trial aimed to provide a weed distribution map over a large area in Northern Queensland. During the trial we have mapped various woody weed including prickly acacia (Acacia nilotica), parkinsonia (Parkinsonia aculeate) and mesquite (Prosopis pallida). The map product can be used by the farmers to plan the control and eradication process.

 

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