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Title: Extending Our Scientific Reach in Arboreal Ecosystems for Research and Management
Authors: Cannon, Charles H
Borchetta, Colby
Anderson, David L
Arellano, Gabriel
Barker, Martin
Charron, Guillaume
LaMontagne, Jalene M
Richards, Jeannine H
Abercrombie, Ethan
Banin, Lindsay F
Tagle Casapia, Ximena
Chen, Xi
Degtjarenko, Polina
Dell, Jane E
Durden, David
Guevara Andino, Juan Ernesto
Hernandez-Gutierrez, Rebeca
Hirons, Andrew D
Kua, Chai-Shian
La Vigne, Hughes
Leponce, Maurice
Lim, Jun Ying 
Lowman, Margaret
Marshall, Andrew J
Michaletz, Sean T
Normark, Benjamin B
Penneys, Darin S
Schneider, Gerald F
Strijk, Joeri S
Tiamiyu, Bashir B
Trammell, Tara LE
Vargas-Rodriguez, Yalma L
Weintraub-Leff, Samantha R
Lussier Desbiens, Alexis
Spenko, Matthew
Keywords: canopy crane
tree climbing
sampling design
canopy access
canopy biology
Drones (UAV)
Issue Date: 8-Nov-2021
Citation: Cannon, Charles H, Borchetta, Colby, Anderson, David L, Arellano, Gabriel, Barker, Martin, Charron, Guillaume, LaMontagne, Jalene M, Richards, Jeannine H, Abercrombie, Ethan, Banin, Lindsay F, Tagle Casapia, Ximena, Chen, Xi, Degtjarenko, Polina, Dell, Jane E, Durden, David, Guevara Andino, Juan Ernesto, Hernandez-Gutierrez, Rebeca, Hirons, Andrew D, Kua, Chai-Shian, La Vigne, Hughes, Leponce, Maurice, Lim, Jun Ying, Lowman, Margaret, Marshall, Andrew J, Michaletz, Sean T, Normark, Benjamin B, Penneys, Darin S, Schneider, Gerald F, Strijk, Joeri S, Tiamiyu, Bashir B, Trammell, Tara LE, Vargas-Rodriguez, Yalma L, Weintraub-Leff, Samantha R, Lussier Desbiens, Alexis, Spenko, Matthew (2021-11-08). Extending Our Scientific Reach in Arboreal Ecosystems for Research and Management. FRONTIERS IN FORESTS AND GLOBAL CHANGE 4. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The arboreal ecosystem is vitally important to global and local biogeochemical processes, the maintenance of biodiversity in natural systems, and human health in urban environments. The ability to collect samples, observations, and data to conduct meaningful scientific research is similarly vital. The primary methods and modes of access remain limited and difficult. In an online survey, canopy researchers (n = 219) reported a range of challenges in obtaining adequate samples, including ∼10% who found it impossible to procure what they needed. Currently, these samples are collected using a combination of four primary methods: (1) sampling from the ground; (2) tree climbing; (3) constructing fixed infrastructure; and (4) using mobile aerial platforms, primarily rotorcraft drones. An important distinction between instantaneous and continuous sampling was identified, allowing more targeted engineering and development strategies. The combination of methods for sampling the arboreal ecosystem provides a range of possibilities and opportunities, particularly in the context of the rapid development of robotics and other engineering advances. In this study, we aim to identify the strategies that would provide the benefits to a broad range of scientists, arborists, and professional climbers and facilitate basic discovery and applied management. Priorities for advancing these efforts are (1) to expand participation, both geographically and professionally; (2) to define 2–3 common needs across the community; (3) to form and motivate focal teams of biologists, tree professionals, and engineers in the development of solutions to these needs; and (4) to establish multidisciplinary communication platforms to share information about innovations and opportunities for studying arboreal ecosystems.
ISSN: 2624-893X
DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.712165
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