Leicestershire, UK, 15 August 2013 – High resolution aerial photomaps and laser surveyed 3D terrain maps from Bluesky are being used to plan and implement vital moorland restoration work in Englands most visited national park. Purchased by the Moors for the Future Partnership, on behalf of the National Trust, with funding from Defras Catchment Restoration Fund, the digital map data is being used as part of this new Peatland Restoration Project to monitor changes in the landscape over time and plan essential works such as peat restoration, gully blocking and reestablishment of vegetation.
As most of our work is on a large scale, across a rugged moorland landscape, aerial datasets are really the only way to view projects in context, commented Tia Crouch, Research Assistant at the Moors for the Future Partnership. We already hold LiDAR laser mapped data from 2004 and aerial photography so with the 2013 data captured by Bluesky we can compare and contrast changes that have occurred in the landscape as a result of large-scale bare peat restoration work and gully blocking. This enables us to evidence vital moorland conservation work which brings benefits to water quality, carbon store, wildlife and landscape.
The Moors for the Future Partnership purchased the data from Bluesky following Defra funding from the Catchment Restoration Fund (CRF). The (CRF) was created to clean up Englands rivers; reducing the pollution that comes from the way the land is used and improving the landscape through which water flows. To date a total of 24.5 million pounds has been awarded and it is hoped that over 300 water bodies will receive habitat improvement; improving access for wildlife and reducing pollution. This project is the largest CRF project in the UK and the only one focused on upland / moorland restoration.
The Moors for the Future Partnership is led by the Peak District National Park Authority and was originally established with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Partners include National Trust, Natural England, United Utilities, Severn Trent Water, Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, Derbyshire County Council and RSPB. Since 2003 the partnership has worked tirelessly in the Peak District and South Pennines to repair the damage caused by industrial pollution, over grazing, summer wild fires and the weather.
The Peak District data was captured using Blueskys state of the art airborne mapping system from Optech. The LiDAR (Light Imaging Detection and Ranging) system uses aircraft mounted lasers to accurately determine the distance between the sensor and the ground or other targets such as buildings and vegetation. In what is a world first, the Bluesky system is also fully integrated with a photogrammetric survey camera and a thermal infra-red imaging system to allow the simultaneous capture of all 3 types of data.
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Bluesky is a UK-based specialist in aerial imaging and remote sensing data collection and processing. An internationally recognised leader with projects extending around the globe, Bluesky is proud to work with prestigious organisations such as Google, the BBC and Government Agencies.
Bluesky has unrivalled expertise in the creation of seamless, digital aerial photography, 3D landscape/cityscape visualisations and prints and also runs a national mapping centre, providing digital mapping, satellite imagery and aerial photography including ultra-high resolution imagery of cities and towns.
Bluesky is now leading the way developing innovative solutions for environmental applications including the UKs first nationwide map of solar potential, citywide heat loss maps, 3D maps of trees and their proximity to buildings and historical imagery. www.bluesky-world.com