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Remote sensing
how Kaluta stands out with remote sensing

Remote sensing is detection of objects and gathering of data from a distance.

Kaluta has a passion for technology and how it relates to ecological and environmental monitoring. There are many ways to remotely sense, so we decided it was worth its own section. From detection of acoustic signals from fauna to using drones/UAVs to gather data from a distance, we have you covered in ways the other consultancies do not.

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thermal drone wildlife surveys

Thermal drone wildlife surveys are extremely helpful in finding animals, particularly mammals at night. This can be used to:

  • Locate koalas for pre-clearance checks

  • Find feral animals

  • Check for cryptic ground nesting and vulnerable/endangered birds, such as squatter pigeons

  • Determine numbers of native mammals at a construction site prior to clearing

  • Check the canopy in tall trees for species such as greater gliders

  • Find small creatures as mammals down to the size of mice in good conditions (>20m distance, minimal ground cover, low ambient temperature of 20 degrees C or less)

Interestingly, the tests on thermal drone wildlife surveys have shown that the small size of the drone and low noise propellers shows minimal disturbance with most mammals  such as wallabies continuing to feed.

We are fully CASA qualified and certified to work on your site or in your project area. 

Call us now to find out what we can do with thermal drone wildlife surveys.

 
 
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mapping

Prior to the start of Kaluta as a business, we saw the endless possibilities of aerial monitoring by drone/UAV, testing this technology in its early stages on bilby burrows in the desert and looked at its application in monitoring shallow estuary systems.

The reality is this technology covers far more than that.

As your fully licenced, certified and insured RPAS/UAV/drone solutions provider, we offer you the best service with the ability to get your results quickly. An outline of what we will do includes:

- Habitat mapping and monitoring

- Changes over time

- Animal or plant counts

- Pollution monitoring

- Erosion/deposition monitoring

- Weed spread

- Feral animal damage to waterways

- Illegal activities

- Shallow marine environment monitoring

- Mangrove seedling counts

- Training and using algorithms to find particular items

Multispectral (NDVI) and thermal imaging may be arranged with enough lead time.

Many more outcomes are possible, see our dedicated drone pages or see the CASE STUDY on this exact subject!

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3D modelling

We at Kaluta map land areas and from this data we can get:

- Orthomosaics

- Depth maps

- 3D digital models

- Real life foam carvings of your land area

Orthomosaic maps can be downloaded into your mapping software whether it be ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Maps or Avenza Maps on your phone or tablet. A map flown on a day can be used on the same day with your phone or tablet to navigate around. Great for:

- Emergency recovery or salvage of assets

- Ease of navigation towards features that are obscure from the ground

- Ground truthing GIS data from other sources

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flyway monitoring

Kaluta is uniquely placed with an in-house created flyway monitoring system for bats known (with a final name pending) as the "IR harp trap".

It's a system similar to the industrial light barriers found in factories but is able to operate on far lower voltages and be able to be connected to a DSLR or mirrorless camera to record bats as they fly through forest pathways.

 

Visible light flashes can be substituted for IR flashes on modified camera bodies to minimise or eliminate disturbance to colonies or roosts.

 

 Sonograms can be matched to the images to complete a survey once only possible with a strung harp trap - but without the disturbance or disruption.

Without a doubt, this technology will become more useful in the coming years as it circumvents many issues with ethics.

 
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camera trapping

Camera trapping is a form of remote sensing. As a method for detecting the presence of mammals and birds, it is extremely valuable as a camera is able to be deployed for weeks or months on end, tracking the success of:

- Relocations

- Fauna fences

- Trench plugs/ramps

- excavation and bell hole escape ramps

In addition, they can be used with a minimum of ethics concerns to:

- Detect species not found in other surveys

- Track fauna densities

... and much more.

Camera trapping is cost effective, scores highly in safety reviews and works very well in conjunction with other survey methods.

Kaluta is very highly skilled in camera trapping, having been constructing DSLR camera traps since 2005, long before the start of the company. We have some useful inventions in development now and will add them to the site as they pass the testing phases.

 
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acoustic monitoring

A number of animals communicate or navigate with sound that we can record to identify them with, saving issues with ethics as we are less likely to be capturing or handling them. Bats, birds and frogs are all of interest and there are cases where they need to be identified in a survey. This can be done passively with our recording hardware and analysed in the field or back in the office.