The Department of the Environment, Heritage & Climate Change in Gibraltar has acquired a UAV to further its environmental research and monitoring.
The government is hoping the device can enable new ways of working, increase efficiency, reduce costs and minimise impacts within established and emerging sectors.
It believes drones represent an opportunity for the Department of the Environment to support and collaborate with a wider cross section of Government departments, augmenting data capture, data availability and data interpretation.
In line with the wider Geospatial Strategy, the initial applications of this technology will centre on terrestrial and marine mammal monitoring, renewing and updating the aerial imagery of Gibraltar with new Orthophoto, generating 3D Building Models, Contour Maps and Solar panel inspections.
The technology will also be a tool for enhanced environmental law enforcement.
Minister for the environment and climate change, Dr John Cortes commented: “Having this technology available will allow us to monitor and record our heritage better, especially our natural heritage, and to keep a closer eye in particular over marine life, such as whales and dolphins and the factors affecting their conservation.”
He added: “It is a huge step forward in how we look after our natural environment, both on the land and in the protected seas which make up British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.”