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Using drone technology to help producers increase yields
Using drone technology to help producers increase yields

The NSCC's Applied Environment and Agriculture Research lab studies ecological and spatial questions in the environment and agricultural sector.

Led by Dr. Mathew Vankoughnett and Bill Livingstone (P. Eng), the Applied Environment and Agriculture Technology Research Lab (EATlab) solves real-world environmental and agricultural problems that require an understanding of ecological and spatial patterns and processes. Their research combines studies of basic ecological questions, with technology, and applied spatial research.

Using unmanned aerial vehicles - also known as drones, cameras, and sensor systems, the EATLab collects data and links it to ecological processes. Analyzing suitability variables, such as climate and soil, helps them identity the most suitable agricultural areas for development. Results provide industry and natural resource managers with information and tools that enable them to become better stewards of healthy, sustainable, and economically viable ecosystems.

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Industry and community partners

  • Department of Agriculture
  • InnovaCorp
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Vine View (formally SkySquirrel)
  • Bezanson and Chase Cranberry Company
  • Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association
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