Drones playing vital role in climate change work


Drones have been crucially involved in work to understand the effects of climate change in the arctic.

According to a post from Heliguy, Dr Joseph Cook, a glaciologist at the University of Sheffield, is conducting major research projects in Greenland, exploring the impact of global warming on glacier and ice-sheet dynamics.

To help the studies, the team is using drone technology, including a DJI Mavic Pro.

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The drones have enabled the scientists to access difficult to reach areas and cover large areas of land to provide accurate results.

Dr Cook and his team have been using Heliguy for equipment and industry advice while completing the project.

The drone fleet involved consists of a DJI Mavic Pro and a modified Steadidrone Mavrik M with a Micasense Red Edge multispectral camera on a custom gimbal.

Dr Cook told Heliguy: “My basic science set-up is a small quadcopter – a modified Steadidrone Mavrik M – controlled using a Taranix XD9 radio controller and fitted with a multispectral camera. The landing gear has been swapped out for some skis to help the drone land safely on snow or uneven ice.”

He added: “At the same time, I usually also carry a DJI Mavic Pro for popping up high to select field sites, survey the surroundings or even check for polar bear. It is also extremely useful for gathering footage for films and presentations, and wherever I need RGB images and footage instead of multispectral data.”

As well as capturing vital information from above, drones help to cover large expanses of land.

The drones have allowed for greater stretches to be mapped, over and above what is achievable on foot.

Dr Cook added: “The drone effectively adds a dimension to what we are doing. It is not just a point on the ground anymore. We can fly back and forth above a grid on the ice sheet and create pictures in different wavelengths of light that show where life is.”

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