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IP010: An update to the state of knowledge of wildlife responses to unmanned aerial vehicles

ATCM XLII and CEP XXII 2019, Prague, Czech Republic

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IP010: An update to the state of knowledge of wildlife responses to unmanned aerial vehicles

Joint paper with Germany, Portugal and Spain

Submitted: 09/05/2019

Summary:

Following the SCAR workshop “Drones and Antarctic Biology” held at the SCAR Biology Symposium in Leuven on 09 July 2017, a scientific publication was compiled to provide details on the key outcomes and recommendations (Mustafa et al. 2018). This publication summarizes recent research and the expert opinions of workshop participants, with the aim of supporting Antarctic conservation policy discussions and informing forthcoming research. It encapsulates and updates the current knowledge on the impact of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) on Antarctic wildlife. In the publication the authors note that, although there was general consensus by the SCAR Action Group (AG) in some discussions, results that could inform minimum recommended flight distances were variable and sometimes contradictory due to a variety of factors (e.g., RPAS size, local site factors, weather, species composition) and limited existing data. Nevertheless, the authors were able to propose a set of minimum vertical operating altitudes for consideration during further development of guidelines for RPAS in the Antarctic, which should be updated regularly with the results of new scientific studies.

 

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
42nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
1 - 11 July 2019