My son is going to be in the field sampling fish and wildlife habitat for 5 months this summer. I believe this will be in support of the use of remote sensing sensors of some kind as they seek to ground truth the desired automation. I’ll keep you posted.
In this article from environmentalresearchweb Scott Goetz of Woods Hole Research Center explains that, “We recognize the importance of vegetation cover in all its dimensions, and so we continue trying to get a lidar instrument in space that will allow us to map vegetation canopy structure and associated ecosystem dynamics through time,” said Goetz. “A space-based instrument is the only way to acquire systematic measurements over large areas. Having such data sets would advance ecosystem models of biodiversity as well as carbon cycling and many other aspects of the integrated Earth system.”