A paper has just been published in the latest edition of the New Zealand Plant Protection Journal detailing a successful method of aerial surveillance to detect areas of kauri dieback infection.
Alastair Jamieson (Wild Earth Media) has worked with Auckland Council and the Kauri Dieback Management Programme since 2010 to help identify areas of kauri dieback disease unable to be seen from standard ground surveillance (ie. off tracks/mid bush). This work has involved getting up in a helicopter to take high-resolution geo-tagged photographs of kauri that appeared ill from the air within the Waitakere Ranges, Hunua Ranges and Hauraki Gulf Islands.
Alastair worked with Auckland Council and Plant & Food Research staff to document this methodology in the scientific paper: "Aerial surveillance to detect kauri dieback in New Zealand" - click here to read the full paper.