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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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Solve Gas Detection Problems with Microdrones mdTector1000 CH4 - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

Solve Gas Detection Problems with Microdrones mdTector1000 CH4 - sUAS News - The Business of Drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Microdrones is excited to announce the release of a new professional aerial methane detection solution, the mdTector1000 CH4. It’s the newest fully integrated aerial methane inspection package built for professionals responsible for methane gas infrastructure. “For our customers, we want to provide the very best packages, with a full line of systems and payloads including the …
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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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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.