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This is a media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and subtidal Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) .  Enjoy!!  
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Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow with drones on Friday - Reuters

Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow with drones on Friday - Reuters | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow airport with drones on Friday morning, despite the arrest of five of their members in a pre-emptive strike by London police.
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Activists are trying to pressure the government to take action on carbon emissions, Heathrow has called the planned interruption "counter-productive and criminal".
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As Haze Shrouds Singapore, Indonesia Suspects Staying Silent

As Haze Shrouds Singapore, Indonesia Suspects Staying Silent | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A week after being named as potentially responsible for forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia with haze pollution, most of the companies involved have stayed silent.
PIRatE Labs insight:

Fires like our recent ones across California are a global problem. Perhaps the classic case is the situation right now in Indonesia where fires are tearing through rainforest in western Sumatra, destroying vast landscapes.

 

These Sumatran fires have caused a thick, polluted and dangerously unhealthy haze to settle over much of the island, nearby Singapore, and parts of Malaysia. Indonesia has sent thousands of rescue teams to fight the blaze, but is mostly anxiously awaiting the expected annual rains later this month.

 

This isn’t some new crazy disaster. This happens every year on Sumatra. This year just happens to be one of the worst on record.  And corruption, an ineffectual governance, and poverty are the key drivers.

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California gas well blowout caused nation's largest methane release, study finds

California gas well blowout caused nation's largest methane release, study finds | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it

ThisThe Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane before the well was finally plugged Feb. 11, according to the first study of the event, to be published Feb. ...

PIRatE Labs insight:

This was a perfect application for UAV sensing.  The fact we had to do this with an airplane is crazy.  While our airplane-based sensing tools are great and have lots of applicability, this is a perfect case for where short-haul, well-equipped UAV could have solved the need much more cost effectively and safely.

 

 

See these related stories:

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/10/466317585/scientists-in-los-angeles-measure-environmental-effects-of-gas-leak

 

http://www.wired.com/2016/01/meet-scientist-flying-methane-leak/

 

http://www.marketplace.org/2015/12/14/world/gas-leak-0

 

http://abc7.com/news/porter-ranch-gas-leak-prompts-faa-flight-restriction/1119076/

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/13/466655916/watch-massive-gas-leak-at-porter-ranch-slows-to-a-stop

 

and some context here:

 

http://www.npr.org/tags/459824651/southern-california-gas-company

 

http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2016/02/24/46666/beyond-aliso-canyon-la-s-other-gas-wells/

 

 

 

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 27, 2016 8:10 AM

This is single storage well failure erased all the work we have done fro the past year in terms of CO2 emission reduction in the state of California.  Crazy.  A clear sign that we need to get our energy infrastructure together and another example of why natural gas isn't as clean and the proponents often articulate (hint: leaks are the norm with natural gas infrastructure, not the exception).

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NOAA flies over Arctic to measure extent of sea ice

NOAA flies over Arctic to measure extent of sea ice | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
NOAA researchers set out this week on a two-week mission to fly over the Arctic to measure how much the ice has melted over the summer and gauge the speed of this fall’s refreezing of sea ice. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, 2014's minimum sea ice extent was 1.94 million square miles, the 6th smallest on record. Aboard a NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, a highly specialized four-engine turboprop known for its work as a hurricane hunter, researchers will use...

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PIRatE Labs insight:

This seems to be a great category of monitoring wherein AUVs could provide a great service, with potentially more accuracy for much reduced costs.  Clearly, this is in the realm of more military-style platforms designed for longer endurance with greater thrust and movement capability.  But a remotely piloted system here could be a significant advantage over satellites in that we could zoom in on biological interactions (marine mammal populations for example) or algal blooms at the ice edge.  Even with all the substantial costs of such systems, there would still be a hug he cost savings relative to the more traditional plane-based monitoring.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, October 4, 2014 2:51 PM

This seems to be a potentially great use for larger, endurance drones; effectively doing continuous monitoring of ice edge extent.