At present, the advancement in technology has reached to another level bringing things into existence, that is, helping the world in numerous ways. As per the United Nations, around 17% of carbon emission of the world comes from forest degradation and deforestation, which is more than the complete world’s transportation sector. In wake of this, Susan Graham, an Australian engineer, has designed new drones that can recognize ideal locations to grow trees and plant 1 Billion plants each year, a step that may assist in combating deforestation.
A research team from the BioCarbon Engineering, a UK-based company, assisted in developing the drone that can map the land, pinpoint ideal places to plant trees, and then release germinated seeds into the soil. According to the researchers, the new drones can reach places that were earlier impossible, such as steep hills, and sow seed. A pre-set planting design regulated from an algorithm is followed by the firing drone; it uses data from a distinct scanning drone.
The reforestation scheme of BioCarbon is efficient and simple. Let’s have a glimpse how it works.
• Do a 3-D aerial survey:
At first, the drones fly over a possible planting area, snapping images that produce 3-D maps of the region to be reforested. The digit of drones will differ according to the seeding size.
• Make a seeding plan:
After the analysis of the land data, a seeding pattern is generated that best fits the land.
• Load the seed pods:
The drones, which are fortified with control and guidance software, hold pressurized containers of seed pods with seeds that are germinated and dipped in a nutrient-rich gel.
• Fly and plant:
Hovering at an elevation of 1 or 2 meters, the planting patterns are followed by the drones, releasing the biodegradable seed pods onto the earth. The pods open upon contact, permitting the germinated seed an opportunity to take root.
• Observe growth:
A low-level flight is taken by the drones after planting so as to evaluate the well-being of the saplings and sprouts.
Isn’t it a great step to reforest a barren area and thus contribute a bit to our surroundings?