Sea Talk Video - Using Technology for Coastal Mapping

University of Delaware scientists are using unmanned aerial vehicles, like quadcopters and fixed-wing drones, to investigate the impact of strong storms along the region’s coastlines. The data they collect will help researchers and local leaders improve coastal resiliency and management efforts.

Publication Date:
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Episode Script

This is SeaTalk: Ocean News from the University of Delaware.

There – up in the sky – is it a bird? Or a plane? No – it’s actually a robot, helping researchers collect data and capture a bird’s eye view of the coast! University of Delaware scientists are using unmanned aerial vehicles, like quadcopters and fixed-wing drones, to investigate the effects of tropical storms and nor’easters along the region’s coastlines.

Using these tools to examine conditions on land, along with autonomous surface and underwater vehicles to measure water depth offshore, has improved storm data collection efforts, which helps scientists and beachfront communities more accurately predict local flooding and shoreline changes during extreme storm events. This, in turn, will help researchers and local leaders improve coastal resiliency and management efforts.

This is SeaTalk, a public service announcement from the University of Delaware, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and this station.

 

Sea Talk - Using technology for coastal mapping

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