UAS-based acquisition pattern over the Santiaguito Lava Dome, Guatemala. Figure: Zorn et al., 2020.

Monitoring Volcanoes Using UAVs

Mark Altaweel

With the increase usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, scientists now have a powerful tool to map active volcanoes safely.

Screenshot of drone survey at 50m altitude over waters adjacent to Raine Island reef edge showing a painted turtle shell and unpainted shells. Dunstan et al., 2020.

Using Drones to More Accurately Count Sea Turtles

Caitlin Dempsey

Researchers have found that using drones and underwater cameras is a quicker and more accurate way to count green turtles.

Researchers are using remote sensing observations of soil moisture and vegetation to map out environmental conditions conducive to promoting locust swarms. Map of soil conditions in Eastern Africa (locusts lay eggs in moist soil): NASA, 2020.

Using Geospatial Technologies to Map Locust Swarms

Mark Altaweel

Using a combination of satellite and UAV monitoring, the impact of locusts can be minimized by anticipating where swarms are likely to form next.

Planting Trees with Drones

Caitlin Dempsey

BioCarbon Engineering is working with Worldview International Foundation and Worldview Impact Foundation to develop an innovative way to speed up tree reforestation projects with the use of drones.

Nearmap high-resolution aerial image of downtown Carmel, IN - photographed Feb. 7, 2018

What Imagery Source is Best for Your Business?

GIS Contributor

Erin Jepperson, Technical Sales Engineer at Nearmap, outlines how to weigh the pros and cons of aerial imagery and drone imagery.