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Low altitude drone aerial imagery for dugong sightings: A case study in Pulau Sibu, Johor

Ahmad, Zuhairi and Kassim, Zaleha and Ayob, Ahmad Faezal and Md. Rosli, Nur Suhaila (2019) Low altitude drone aerial imagery for dugong sightings: A case study in Pulau Sibu, Johor. Malayan Nature Journal, 71 (3). pp. 305-310. ISSN 0025-1291

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Routine surveys of marine population and its estimation are important for species conservation. This study proposed the use of pre-planned targeted area of low altitude aerial drone imagery and equipped with the necessary GIS usage tools. A total of 20 flights using DJI Inspire 1 drone were carried out, covering an approximate area span of 11.26km2 in crossed and pre-planned flight were transected successfully at Northwest, Southwest of Sibu Island and South of Sibu Tengah Island. The drone was flown at 100m altitude for general survey, at 50m altitude after a target location had been identified, and at 30m altitude when the dugong sightings had been confirmed. The sightings coordinates were located using DJI Go and plotted in ArcGIS for sight mapping. During the 3 days of survey undertaken, there were 8 dugong sightings (1 individual and 3 group sightings) recorded. Based on pixel analysis, the sizes of the observed dugongs ranged from 1.5m to 2.7m. A mother and calf pair was also keenly observed during this survey. This study has successfully demonstrated that the use of drone has a great potential in survey usages for continuous sighting of sensitive marine mammals such as dugongs.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7060/75502
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerial image, drone, dugong sightings, low altitude
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Marine Science
Kulliyyah of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Zuhairi Ahmad
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 17:00
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 17:00
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/75502

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