Barriers to Using UAVs in Conservation and Environmental Management: A Systematic Review

Walker, S.E., Sheaves, M., and Waltham, N.J. (2023) Barriers to Using UAVs in Conservation and Environmental Management: A Systematic Review. Environmental Management, 71. pp. 1052-1064.

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The ability to adopt novel tools continues to become more important for governments and environmental managers tasked with balancing economic development, social needs and environmental protection. An example of an emerging technology that can enable flexible, cost-effective data collection for conservation and environmental management is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). It is clear that UAVs are beginning to be adopted for a diversity of purposes, identification of barriers to their use is the first step in increasing their uptake amongst the environmental management community. Identifying the barriers to UAV usage will enable research and management communities to confidently utilise these powerful pieces of technology. However, the implementation of this technology for environmental research has received little overall assessment attention. This systematic literature review has identified 9 barrier categories (namely Technological, Analytical and Processing, Regulatory, Cost, Safety, Social, Wildlife impact, work suitability and others) inhibiting the uptake of UAV technologies. Technological barriers were referenced in the literature most often, with the inability of UAVs to perform in poor weather (such as rain or windy conditions) commonly mentioned. Analytical and Processing and Regulatory barriers were also consistently reported. It is likely that some barriers identified will lessen with time (e.g. technological and analytical barriers) as this technology continues to evolve.

Item ID: 77094
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-1009
Keywords: drone, UAV, systematic review, conservation, environmental management
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2022. Accepted manuscript may be uploaded onto an institutional repository twelve (12) months after first publication (16 December 2022). Under no circumstances may an Accepted Manuscript be shared or distributed under a Creative Commons or other form of open access licence.
Funders: Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS), National Environmental Science Programme (NESP)
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Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2022 23:48
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 40%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 30%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280111 Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences @ 50%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180201 Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems @ 50%
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