The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that deforestation and forest degradation make up 17% of the world’s carbon emissions (back in 2007) – more than the world’s transportation sector. The only effective way to combat industrial-scale deforestation is to plant trees in the same scale!
BioCarbon Engineering, the Oxford-based startup is looking to tackle this by using drones to plant as many as a billion trees in a year. Changing the world a billion trees at a time!
Planting trees with Drones
BioCarbon Engineering uses drones in all stages of the reforestation effort – mapping the terrain to identify the best spot to plant the tree, dropping the seeds in their biodegradable seedpod in the right location and post-plantation monitoring of the restored ecosystem.
Remote sensing plays an important role at BioCarbon Engineering, and they wrote a small blog about the Power of Remote Sensing and how they use it at their organization.
The team recently made the headlines on several different media outlets including ABC News in Australia
Drones for Good
The 14-member team behind BioCarbon Engineering were awarded the second place in the Drones for Good competition in UAE earlier this year. BioCarbon Engineering has as many as eight team members with PhDs in different fields ranging from GIS, Biomedical Engineering, Plant Sciences and UAV swarm engineering. Wow, that is one Ph.D. packed team they have 😉
It’s amazing to see drones being used to tackle problems that affect the entire world. Deforestation is a global issue and it is truly inspiring to see a group of doctorates from different fields work together and change the world by providing a solution to scale up our reforestation efforts in a big way.