Summary of the High Latitude Drone Ecology Network (HLDEN) meeting

Location: San Francisco

Date of meeting: 14 December 2016

Compiled by: Jeff Kerby with input from Isla Myers-Smith and Andrew Cunliffe

Executive summary:

The High Latitude Drone Ecology Network (HLDEN) meeting brought together drone users who work in high latitude ecosystems together for a first meeting of our group to discuss common interests and challenges in drone ecology and other drone research applications.

The meeting began with a short presentation by Isla Myers-Smith outlining session goals and a brief introduction to various UAV applications to Arctic Research (with a specific focus on research being currently conducted on Qikiqtaruk – Herschel Island).

Participants followed with short introductions of their personal research interests/uses of UAVs in the region, and their interest in this session.  This led in to open ended discussion on the following general themes: 1. Shared methods across sites, 2. High-latitude UAV synthesis paper, 3. Strategic planning for funding, research, and policy development.

See attached meeting write up for more information.