Can Drones Be The Solution For Deforestation?

in GEMS2 years ago


Whenever I think about the adverse effects that humanity has had on this planet, the clearing away of large amounts of forests comes first to mind, even before pollution, climate change, and whatnot.

As children, we all loved the idea of large areas of green cover with a variety of flora and fauna all around, fresh air, the sights and sounds of nature, and being free in that environment.

But then you grow up and all you see is concrete jungles instead of the green ones and that we just keep cutting away the world's forests and you just can't help but questions what we are doing to our planet.

The world is kind of in a tug of war where on the one side we are clearing large areas of forests but there are several entities and programs focusing on planting them back. As with everything else, can technology speed up the process for the latter?

Drones To The Rescue

The problem right now is that we are just not able to plant trees fast enough and even if we can, it takes time for them to grow and so, for forests to emerge, helping in maintaining the balance in the ecosystem. Drones may help hugely in that regard.

Usually, when one speaks about drones, we imagine commercial or entertainment use cases but they are so versatile and can be used creatively in so many areas. For example, planting something like hundreds of thousands of trees in a single day.

Yes, that is actually possible and on a global scale, we could probably plant millions of trees per day. Since we can include all sorts of high tech equipment on a drone, we can do a lot of work, with little cost and time.

Tree planting drones that are currently in use, first create a 3D map of the area where trees are to be planted and then use an algorithm to determine the best locations to plant trees. Then based on this data, in a second stage, they fire seed-pods from the air fast enough so that they penetrate the soil.

Experts say that drones can plant trees 10 times faster than humans and with improving technology, it could get even faster. And the great thing is that they can also be used to plant trees in areas devastated by forest fires. I hope that drones will be increasingly used for this in years to come and we can grow back the green cover that we've lost.


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That is still starting from a tree from a seed, and would still take the same time to grow. The drone attack on deforestation could take another route also, where able the walking or rolling drones could also be used, and plant tree seedling that are at least two years along, but we need to remember that forest are made up of more than just the trees. When they are destroyed by fire there is a lot of small critters, insects, small and large mammals that often get killed off.

The re-planting of the trees is only one part of the solution, maintaining a healthy balance is important also, should one bug come in and not be controlled by it's natural predators the re-forestation could be for nothing and end up causing more damage. Mono-crop growing has shown the problems of farming, we don't need to create an artificial forest which I think replanting efforts on a mass and rapid scale would do.

In America a lot of the areas that have burned in the last five years have been areas that were part of reforestation efforts of the 60's when heavily forested areas were replanted by various groups. Problem was they only replaced trees, they could not replace most of what was lost. Then once the trees were planted, the management of the forest in those areas was closed to just let them regrow with out keeping an eye on the growth cycle. So they became more densely over grown future fire traps.

Yeah, experts in this field can probably use drones for reforestation efforts in the best way possible, keeping in mind the points you've made. At the end of the day, it's about using the best technology we have currently to help us reverse the damage we've done to the environment. And I sure hope that this happens!

good post 👍👍👍

Thank you :)