The environmental impacts of wind farm development are always a major consideration when countries are exploring these alternative energy sources. Wind farms tend to be ideally suited for expansive regions and coastlines where wildlife is abundant. While a good alternative source of energy, they are not without their impacts to the animal populations in those areas.
The United Kingdom is currently the world leader in offshore wind power generation. Many UK organizations are already using geospatial solutions and imagery analysis for ecosystem monitoring. Understanding environmental impacts on any change is a vital step in moving forward with energy solutions. For one such project, a leading environmental consultancy in the UK is monitoring bird populations living in areas developed for wind power generation. This organization specializes in freshwater and marine ecology assessment.
Using a proprietary algorithm for identifying and enumerating birds from aerial photographs, the organization has already collected tens of thousands of images in a single project survey. Thus far, they have amassed over 87 terabytes of aerial photography.