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DroPLEts Project Researchers Explore Water Testing in Ireland with Drones #drone #droneday

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From Drones for Lake Sampling via The Irish Times:

This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland funded research will assess the potential of drones to take water samples and physico-chemical data from open lakes. This is a multi-national, multi-disciplinary research team comprised of researchers from the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC), GMIT, industry experts Model Heli Services (MHS), county Clare and researchers from the Jensen Lab, Rutgers University, USA.

The project aims to:

  • Assess the applicability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones for open lake water sampling,
  • Evaluate whether water samples and physico-chemical data collected using drones satisfies the European Union (EU) Water Framework Directive (WFD) objectives for monitored lakes in Ireland, and
  • Examine whether drones can offer a quicker, cost effective, less labour intensive and safer lake sampling protocol as part of the EPA WFD Lake Monitoring programme.

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