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2018-02-22. Drones in Geoscience Research: The Sky Is the Only Limit.

posted Mar 1, 2018, 9:36 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 9:37 PM ]
By Christa Kelleher, Christopher A. Scholz, Laura Condon, and Marlowe Reardon, Eos/AGU. For GSS ABCs of DEW Software chapter 4. Excerpt: In the digital age, our capabilities for monitoring Earth processes are dramatically increasing, offering new opportunities to observe Earth’s dynamic behavior in fields ranging from hydrology to volcanology to atmospheric sciences. The latest revolution for imaging and sampling Earth’s surface involves unmanned aircraft systems, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft, or, colloquially, drones. ...Six Ways That Drones Transform Geoscience Research and Environmental Monitoring ...1. Drones characterize topography. ...2. Drones assess hazardous or inaccessible areas. ...3. Drones image transient events. ...4. Drones contextualize satellite and ground-based imagery. ... 5. Drone imagery validates computational models. ...6. Drones make the world a better place. Beyond the research world, the drone revolution is spilling over into many everyday humanitarian and environmental applications around the globe. DroneSeed, a company based in Seattle, Wash., is using swarms of off-the-shelf drones to control invasive vegetation with herbicides. ... https://eos.org/features/drones-in-geoscience-research-the-sky-is-the-only-limit