RUAS and Bangor University unite to map Welsh coastline ecostructures

RUAS, the unmanned aviation services division of the Resource Group, has teamed up with a further educational facility from Northern Wales to undertake a coastline mapping task.

The drone organisation has announced it will partner with Bangor University to map artificial and natural substrates at coastal locations across Wales.

The project aims to raise awareness of eco-engineering solutions to the challenge of coastal adaptation to climate change.

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Bangor University is a partner in the Ecostructure project, a consortium led by Aberystwyth University and including universities across Ireland and Wales.

RUAS decided to work alongside the university to help conduct a range of aerial mapping surveys at coastal locations in Wales where there is artificial hard substrate present, such as sea defences or coastal structures.

RUAS will provide aerial imagery and associated topographical information for sites around the coast of Wales for Bangor University to analyse. Using both fixed wing and multirotor drones, the project has been timed carefully to make the most of near-Spring low-tides and to ensure maximum visibility of all coastal structures.

Mark Jones, head of RUAS, commented: “We are pleased to have been appointed by Bangor University to be working with the School of Ocean Sciences. The use of unmanned aircraft (drones) to map ecostructures around the coastline of Wales will greatly enhance the scientific research capabilities for the project and we are delighted to showcase what drones can do in this field.”

Andrew Davies, of the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, explained: “RUAS offers a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and operational expertise that is required to collect data from 40 different sites throughout Wales, in what is the largest high-resolution mapping exercise of coastal defence structures ever undertaken.

“Hard coastal defence structures are becoming commonplace on our coastlines due to rising seas and increasing storminess. The Ecostructure project is focused on raising awareness of eco-engineering solutions, and a first step is developing comprehensive maps and models of structures throughout the Irish Sea.”

The Resource Group is a privately-owned business with its roots dating back more than 30 years. It has evolved into a substantial business, which offers an array of human resource-based services and solutions to technical industries.

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