Niall G. Burnside

Niall G. Burnside
University of Brighton · School of Environment and Technology

PhD
UAS (Drones) Consultancy Unit: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/business-services/consultancy/drones/index.aspx

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Managed realignment (MR) sites are being implemented to compensate for the loss of natural saltmarsh habitat due to sea level rise and anthropogenic pressures. However, MR sites have been recognised to have lower morphological variability and coverage of saltmarsh vegetation than natural saltmarsh sites, which have been linked with the legacy of th...
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The application of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in forest research includes a wide range of equipment, systems, and flight settings, creating a need for enhancing data acquisition efficiency and quality. Thus, we assessed the effects of flying altitude and lateral and longitudinal overlaps on digital aerial photogrammetry (DAP) processing and the...
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The incorporation of autonomous computation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into smart agriculture concepts is becoming an expected scientific procedure. The airborne hyperspectral system with its vast area coverage, high spectral resolution, and varied narrow-band selection is an excellent tool for crop physiological characteristics...
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Advances in unmanned aerial systems (UASs) have increased the potential of remote sensing to overcome scale issues for soil moisture (SM) quantification. Regardless, optical imagery is acquired using various sensors and platforms, resulting in simpler operations for management purposes. In this respect, we predicted SM at 10 cm depth using partial...
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Temperate river systems cover large regions of the earth's surface and provide challenging environments for the detection of archaeological remains. The deposition of alluvium above, and interbedded with, archaeological deposits means conventional forms of archaeological prospection such as geophysical survey or aerial photography are often ineffec...
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Invasive rodents have a detrimental impact on terrestrial ecosystem functioning, this is often exacerbated on small islands. Rat eradication campaigns are often used to deal with this environmental perturbation given their classification as invasive species. Studies assessing the effects of rodent control at ecosystem scale are scarce and thus litt...
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Temperate grasslands are considered the most endangered terrestrial ecosystem worldwide; the existent areas play a key role in biodiversity conservation. The Aguapey Valuable Grassland Area (VGA), one of the most well-preserved temperate grassland areas within Argentina, is currently threatened by the anthropogenic expansion of exotic tree plantati...
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The INCREMENTO project attempts to evaluate the consequences of a progressive increase of wild ungulate (red deer, Cervus elaphus) abundance on the structure and functioning of two Mediterranean environments (Quintos de Mora, Toledo and Muela de Cortes, Valencia). We are conducting a manipulative approach based on the release of herds of female red...
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The recent trend of automated machine learning (AutoML) has been driving further significant technological innovation in the application of artificial intelligence from its automated algorithm selection and hyperparameter optimization of the deployable pipeline model for unraveling substance problems. However, a current knowledge gap lies in the in...
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There is growing evidence that managed realignment (MR) sites have lower biodiversity than natural saltmarshes, which has been associated with differences in the physical function and morphological evolution following site breaching. This evidence has been derived from MR sites previously used for intensive arable agriculture or modified during sit...
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A significant trend has developed with the recent growing interest in the estimation of aboveground biomass of vegetation in legume-supported systems in perennial or semi-natural grasslands to meet the demands of sustainable and precise agriculture. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are a powerful tool when it comes to supporting farm-scale phenotyping...
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The application of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in forest research includes a wide range of equipment, systems, and flight settings, creating a need for enhancing data acquisition efficiency and quality. Thus, we assessed the effects of flying altitude and lateral and longitudinal overlaps on digital aerial photogrammetry (DAP) processing and the...
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Background Podoconiosis is a form of leg swelling, which arises when individuals are exposed over time to red clay soil formed from alkaline volcanic rock. The exact causal agent of the disease is unknown. This study investigates associations between podoconiosis disease data and ground-sampled soil data from North West Cameroon. Methods The miner...
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The assessment of landscape condition for large herbivores, also known as foodscapes, is fast gaining interest in conservation and landscape management programs worldwide. Although traditional approaches are now being replaced by satellite imagery, several technical issues still need to be addressed before full standardization of remote sensing met...
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Coastal and estuarine wetlands provide a range of important ecosystem services, but are currently being damaged and degraded due to human activities, reduced sediment supply and sea level rise. Managed realignment (MR) is one approach used to compensate for the loss of intertidal habitat, however saltmarshes in MR sites have been recognised to have...
Conference Paper
Conocer la diversidad y distribución de los recursos alimenticios para los grandes herbívoros es fundamental para el desarrollo de programas de manejo de fauna, flora y paisaje. En la actualidad, hay una tendencia a substituir los métodos tradicionales de cartografía vegetal por métodos basados en la teledetección. Sin embargo, aún no existe una me...
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There is a global issue of balancing resource exploitation with environmental protection. In particular, the marine environment is subject to many anthropogenic pressures which are most severe in coastal zones. Authorities managing these pressures have limited time and resources, so it is essential that they have access to data and modelling tools...
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There is a global issue of balancing resource exploitation with environmental protection. In particular, the marine environment is subject to many anthropogenic pressures which are most severe in coastal zones. Authorities managing these pressures have limited time and resources, so it is essential that they have access to data and modelling tools...
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Managed realignment (MR) schemes are being implemented to compensate for the degradation of coastal habitats. However, evidence suggests that MR sites have lower biodiversity than anticipated, which has been linked to poor drainage. Despite creek networks playing an important role in enhancing site drainage in natural intertidal environments , ther...
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The loss of unimproved grassland has led to species decline in a wide range of taxonomic groups. Agricultural intensification has resulted in fragmented patches of remnant grassland habitat both across Europe and internationally. The monitoring of remnant patches of this habitat is critically important, however, traditional surveying of large, remo...
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Visible spectrum (RGB) aerial image of study site target analysis area located at Upper Spoods Farm, Hadlow Down, East Sussex. Fields A and B = MG5c unimproved grassland, field C = MG6b improved grassland. (TIF)
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Vegetation index statistics (Min value, max value, mean, standard deviation) for each of the three habitat communities present within the study site. (DOCX)
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A summary of mean species values, standard deviation (S.D.) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the vegetation survey data. (DOCX)
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This poster is focused on the use of small-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) as a novel tool for vegetation monitoring. It provides a description for two applications; surveying unimproved grassland habitats and the identification and monitoring of the invasive aquatic plant Australian swamp stonecrop (Crassula Helmsii).
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This poster is focused on the use of small-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) as a novel tool for undertaking ecological research. It provides details on two applications; the surveying of unimproved grassland habitats and the monitoring of the invasive aquatic plant Australian swamp stonecrop (Crassula Helmsii).
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Run-of-river (ROR) hydroelectric power (HEP) schemes are often presumed to be less ecologically damaging than large-scale storage HEP schemes. However, there is currently limited scientific evidence on their ecological impact. The aim of this article is to investigate the effects of ROR HEP schemes on communities of invertebrates in temperate strea...
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Meta-data on invertebrate monitoring for each impact and control site. Asterisks indicate that invertebrate monitoring is within the depleted reach of a HEP scheme. (DOCX)
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Invertebrate metrics for all sites and surveys. (XLSX)
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Least squares (LS) mean and 95% confidence limit (CL) for each treatment (Control-Impact) and period (Before-After), for the five invertebrate metrics. (DOCX)
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Meta-data on each HEP scheme. (DOCX)
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Anthropogenic modifications of sediment load can cause ecological degradation in stream and river ecosystems. However, in practice, identifying when and where sediment is the primary cause of ecological degradation is a challenging task. Biological communities undergo natural cycles and variation over time, and respond to a range of physical, chemi...
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The potential environmental impacts of large-scale storage hydroelectric power (HEP) schemes have been well-documented in the literature. In Europe, awareness of these potential impacts and limited opportunities for politically-acceptable medium- to large-scale schemes, have caused attention to focus on smaller-scale HEP schemes, particularly run-o...
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Meta-data on fish monitoring for each impact and control site. Asterisks indicate that fish monitoring is within the depleted reach of a HEP scheme. (DOCX)
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Time-series of fish community composition for ROR HEP scheme 6: An example of temporal variability in metrics of fish community composition within a site. (TIF)
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Meta-data on each HEP scheme. (DOCX)
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Fish community data for each survey, for each site, for the six metrics of fish community composition. (XLSX)
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This study presents an enhanced methodology for modelling the impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands. The tool integrates dGPS-calibrated LiDAR data, isostatic uplift and sediment accretion rates to predict the location and extent of plant communities at three non-contiguous micro-topographical coastal wetlands in Estonia by 2100 in response...
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This study investigated microtopography and edaphic factors to ascertain their use as determinants for identifying the location and extent of plant community types in internationally important Baltic coastal wetlands in Estonia. Plant community types were identified, and abundance and frequency of plant species were recorded within 105 1-m 2 quadra...
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Boreal Baltic coastal wetlands differ markedly from temperate salt marshes by their generally low maximum elevation (between 0 and 1 m above m.s.l.), low seaward gradients and the irregular nature of flooding that is characteristic of the NE Baltic Sea coastal region. As a result of these factors these wetlands have been considered to be threatened...
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Roost location is a key factor affecting the survival and fitness of British bats. It has been suggested that a knowledge and understanding of the factors which may influence the selection of roost location are fundamental to conservation efforts. Our study aims to investigate the relationship between Eptesicus serotinus roost location and landscap...
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a b s t r a c t Temporal and spatial patterns of relative sea level (RSL) change in the North of Britain and Ireland during the Holocene are examined. Four episodes, each defined by marked changes in the RSL trend, are identified. Each episode is marked by a rise to a culminating shoreline followed by a fall. Episode HRSL-1 dates from the Younger D...
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It is generally well recognised that suspended particulate matter (SPM), from nano-scale particles to sand-sized sediments, can cause serious degradation of aquatic ecosystems. However, at present there is a poor understanding of the SPM conditions that water quality managers should aim to achieve in contrasting environments in order to support goo...
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The nature of ecological stability is still debated, and there is a need to establish which types of communities show resistance to environmental change and to explore community responses in relation to their environmental context. This study aims to investigate the effects of reinstating cutting management on abandoned wet grasslands by comparing...
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This study examines the influence of micro-topography and other environmental parameters on managed coastal grasslands in Estonia. Vegetation community types were identified and abundance and frequency of plant species were recorded within 105 vegetation quadrats. A dGPS approach was used to record mean elevations within 1m2 quadrats, as well as so...
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FiBRESERIES FINDINGS IN BUILT AND RURAL ENVIRONMENTS JULY 2010 assessing the potential of gis in the identification of prime vineyard sites in south east england chris foss and david morris, plumpton college, uK, niall Burnside and neil ravenscroft, university of Brighton, uK Research comes to england: About the authors Chris Foss was born into a w...
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We investigated the influence of habitat type and landscape composition on small mammal relative abundance and diversity in coastal wetlands in western Estonia. Seventy live-trap lines in eight representative habitats, across six wetlands revealed seven species. The most diverse habitats were reed bed and scrub woodland, whereas tall grasslands had...
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Several studies have investigated the response of small mammal populations to fire, but few have investigated behavioural responses to habitat modification. In this study we investigated the impact of fire on home range, habitat use and activity patterns of the short-snouted elephant shrew (Elephantulus brachyrhynchus) by radio-tracking individuals...
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Several studies have investigated the response of small mammal populations to fire, but few have investigated behavioural responses to habitat modification. In this study we investigated the impact of fire on home range, habitat use and activity patterns of the short-snouted elephant shrew (Elephantulus brachyrhynchus) by radio-tracking individuals...
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Question: What are the effects of grazing abandonment on the vegetation composition of Estonian coastal wetlands? Location: Vormsi Island and Silma Nature Reserve in western Estonia, Europe. Methods: Local knowledge and field reconnaissance were used to identify current and historical management levels of wetland sites within the west Estonian stud...
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Issues of land and further resettlement are central within the inter related crises that Zimbabwe is currently understood to be experiencing. This paper presents objective data that has not been available to date, concerning the landscape outcomes of the resettlement programme in Zimbabwe as it was implemented in the first two decades after indepen...
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Ghylls are linear valley features cut into the sandy beds of the Weald of south-eastern England. The ghyll’s indigenous woodlands are highly species rich at the small scale, support distinctive assemblages of cryptogamic plants, and are unique to south-east England. Field surveys were carried out for 48 ghyll woodlands in the Weald with a GIS used...
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Ghylls are linear valley features cut into the sandy beds of the Weald of south-eastern England. The ghyll’s indigenous woodlands are highly species rich at the small scale, support distinctive assemblages of cryptogamic plants, and are unique to south-east England. Field surveys were carried out for 48 ghyll woodlands in the Weald with a GIS used...