Applications & Uses
Ecologists often utilize infrared photography when completing aerial studies. A 1975 aerial ecological survey used infrared film to produce accurate maps of the area’s benthic algae, shore line and drainage pattern. The infrared film was most sensitive to low concentrations of algae and highlighted active plant areas. Another aerial investigation in 1998 used infrared photography to find homes in Australia that were at risk of yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) infestation.
Infrared photography can also help ecologists distinguish animals from the vegetation that they inhabit in the wild.