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Operational protocols for the use of drones in marine animal research

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posted on 2024-06-06, 04:05 authored by V Raoult, AP Colefax, BM Allan, D Cagnazzi, N Castelblanco-Martínez, Daniel IerodiaconouDaniel Ierodiaconou, DW Johnston, S Landeo-Yauri, M Lyons, V Pirotta, G Schofield, PA Butcher
The use of drones to study marine animals shows promise for the examination of numerous aspects of their ecology, behaviour, health and movement patterns. However, the responses of some marine phyla to the presence of drones varies broadly, as do the general operational protocols used to study them. Inconsistent methodological approaches could lead to difficulties comparing studies and can call into question the repeatability of research. This review draws on current literature and researchers with a wealth of practical experience to outline the idiosyncrasies of studying various marine taxa with drones. We also outline current best practice for drone operation in marine environments based on the literature and our practical experience in the field. The protocols outlined herein will be of use to researchers interested in incorporating drones as a tool into their research on marine animals and will help form consistent approaches for drone-based studies in the future.

History

Journal

Drones

Volume

4

Article number

ARTN 64

Pagination

1-35

Location

Basel, Switzerland

Open access

  • Yes

eISSN

2504-446X

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

MDPI