Drones are playing a vital role in climate change work
Updated: May 16, 2019
Drones have been crucially involved in work to understand the effects of climate change in the arctic.
Conducting research on climate change
According to a post from Heliguy, Dr Joseph Cook, a glaciologist (study of snow and ice and their physical properties) 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. The drones have enabled the scientists to access difficult to reach areas and cover large areas of land to provide accurate results.
How we use drones to help watch over the climate
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. Urban Air Pro has started conducting field inspections to analyse crops and count yield. The drones have allowed for greater stretches to be mapped giving us advantage points over and above that we can not achieve 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.”
Every little helps
Three days prior to Earth Day (22nd April) Lil Dicky released a song called 'Earth'. It includes around 30 artists in the track in the track and it took about 2 to 3 years to record the song itself.
The profits that are made from the streaming and the sale of the song are going straight to charity to help raise money and awareness of Global Warming, climate change and that we need to start taking better care of our planet otherwise there will be nothing left of it.
Lil Dicky said at the end of his music video:
"Scientists are saying we have about 12 years to turn this environment crisis otherwise we are screwed."