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Barbara Bollard Breen

Barbara Bollard Breen

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Title: Remote sensing in conservation and ecological research


Dr Barbara Bollard Breen is a senior lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences at AUT. Her research interests are in GIS applications, ecosystem management, cultural landscapes and spatial ecology. She has over 20 years’ experience working in government and NGO’s in both Australia and New Zealand. Her research focus has been the identification and selection of Protected Areas, using remote sensing technology, such as UAV, to map habitats and landscapes for conservation planning and integrating social data with environmental and biological information using decision support systems, multivariate statistics and GIS


The Auckland University of Technology unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research team are leaders in the application of UAV technology and remote sensing in conservation and ecological research. The team works in partnership with industry to customise and develop unmanned systems for use in New Zealand and extreme environments such as Antarctica, desert systems and offshore islands. Low flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) offer ecologists new opportunities to collect scale appropriate data at high spatial and temporal resolution. The presentation will showcase the use of UAVs in spatial ecology and demonstrate existing post processing tools for UAV imagery. The talk will explore opportunities for use of computer vision techniques for analysis of high resolution video imagery in a variety of environments and ecological studies.