Unmanned Autonomous Systems for Climate and Environmental Research

Saturday, February 13, 2016: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Marriott Balcony B (Marriott Wardman Park)
Unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) or “drones” provide unique capabilities for advancing environmental and climate science in remote or hard-to-reach areas, but controversial issues related to government regulation and privacy concerns remain. Additionally, there are scientific and technical challenges related to the use of drones in the miniaturization of scientific instruments, guidance and navigation systems, de-icing, and launching and recovering UAS in remote areas. This symposium will discuss the cutting-edge environmental and climate science currently being done that could include use of drones; the benefits of drones over manned aircraft or other observational methods; and the current technological, policy, and regulatory challenges that limit the use of drones for science.
Sally McFarlane, U.S. Department of Energy
Robbie Hood, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
UAS for Hurricane Research
Enrique R. Vivoni, Arizona State University
Ecohydrology with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Rose Mooney, Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
The Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership - An FAA Awarded UAS Test Site