My specific area of interest was Castle Rock. I’ve previously mapped the surrounding area using Sentinel imagery
when a bushfire broke out in the region. The maps I made highlighted the burn scars of the area, and I wanted to see the extent of the damage in person.
It was surreal to see the aftermath in person, especially a month after the fires had occurred. I got to see the extent of the damage and observe the resilience of Australian wildlife. The scenes around our takeoff site were beautiful and I even got to watch a few boats sail past us. It was a highlight of the mission and I would encourage other drone pilots to really take in all of their surroundings when they’re out flying.
All in all, it was a great learning experience and opened a whole new method of remote sensing for me. It was very rewarding drawing out a polygon in the planning stage and seeing the map come to life from all the drone captures. It took me back to my university field trips and reignited my passion for field work.
The map itself turned out amazing. Drones capture at a higher resolution than some aerial and satellite imagery, since they’re closer to ground, which meant you could clearly see the parts of the landscape that were affected by fire. It was fascinating to see and compare to my earlier satellite maps.