Drones are Transforming Environmental Science

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Environmental Scientist Karen Joyce sat down with Deutsche Welle to talk about how drones are advancing our research capabilities:

…Drone technology has changed things quite a lot in the past three to five years, and it’s continually changing things as well. It enables us to go out and survey areas that are really difficult to access in the field….

One of the projects I’m working on at the moment is to use a special thermal camera that measures temperature. This was one of the first studies to do this using a drone. What I’m interested in with temperature is to understand what’s happening with the water temperature on the reef. By putting up this type of camera on the drone, we can actually take photos of the warm and cool water as it moves around the reef.

Thus we can understand the dynamics of water flow, and how that might affect the corals and other creatures that live on reef as well. This is really interesting for us, as it’s something we have never been able to do before because the technology just wasn’t available.

Read the full interview at Deutsche Welle


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