Aerobotany is where centuries-old classic field biology and 21st century cutting edge technology come together, in the middle of the spectacularly diverse and underexplored Amazon rainforest.
This is the brain child of Dr. Varun Swamy, an ecologist who’s been doing long-term research in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest since 2003. He believes that citizen scientists can make a valuable contribution towards gathering data that will improve our understanding of the biological rhythms and life cycles of rainforest trees, and help monitor and protect these invaluable rainforest ecosystems in the long term.
Our research site is Tambopata National Reserve, a ~15,000 sq. km protected area in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. We use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (or in everyday parlance …a DRONE) to capture high-resolution imagery of the rainforest canopy that towers over 50 meters above the forest floor.
What can we do with high-resolution aerial imagery of the Amazon rainforest? This is where YOU come in – we need your eyes! By spending less than a minute per image, you can help gather unique data that will contribute directly to long-term research and conservation efforts in Tambopata National Reserve.