Drones may monitor seagrass


The UAS Center and the Engineering Department at A&M-Corpus Christi have teamed up with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to test the use of drones for field survey work. And we paid a visit to the campus this past week… to check out what they’re doing

Sea grasses are an important part of the Texas coastal ecology, they’re vital to nursery habitat, they help improve water quality, and they help prevent erosion. The state parks and wildlife department is in charge of protecting and monitoring sea grasses. And up till now that’s been done with aerial photography. That approach works but it is expensive and complicated, you have to hire a pilot, a plane and camera gear, and then schedule a day when you hope the weather conditions will be good for photography. .
Another big issue is the resolution of the images, how big they are — and the sharpness of the details.

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