“Lush, green forests brimming with vibrancy are the staple contrast to Earth’s vast oceans. Beyond their beautiful exteriors, forests play a vital role for life on our planet. To better monitor these domains, researchers looked toward a fleet of automated, low-cost drones.
According to CORDIS, about 1.6 billion people, which is more than a quarter of the population, depend on forests for their livelihood. Within that stat, 60 million indigenous people share an integral bond with forests for their survival. Soil protection, water regulation, biodiversity support, and carbon storage—all vital roles delegated to Earth’s greenery.