Thermal Imaging


Arable Farmer
Scottish Borders
If it was of a high enough resolution then I'd hire it to do a field survey.
I already map fertility, yield, topography etc. But I reckon an IR survey would show up the cold spots caused by poor drainage and maybe highlight a few 'unknown unknowns', and it would be interesting to compare a heat map against an NDVI.

And you could do the house and cottages too, to see where they're haemorrhaging heat from...


They don't cost a whole lot, if it is only to search for heatloss you might aswell buy one.
Very true, but thermography is a little more complicated than looking for heat loss. The process involves tuning the image, identifying what's anomalies and what is normal (often people assume a certain colour is bad but it's about the relation of thermal energy between materials). So the bare minimum drone costs around £6k, add into that licences, training and software to convert the image to a useable radiometric image for analysis. For identifying lost or stray livestock then it's a little easier as you just need to spot the body of thermal energy :)

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