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Natural Resources: DronesforEnvironmental Mapping

NR 095 OL1 (CRN: 61323)

3 Credit Hours

About NR 095 OL1

This course will study Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones. UAS have provided us with new ways to map, monitor, and measure our changing landscape. UAS are relatively inexpensive, easy to operate, and can deploy rapidly. Advances in digital image processing allow one to go from flying a drone to working with accurate maps and 3D models in a matter of hours. These factors make UAS ideal for many applications in which speed, accuracy, resolution, cost, and timeliness are key factors. In this course, you will learn how to operate UAS and process UAS data to in support of environmental mapping and monitoring. Example case studies will be used. The course covers five main topics: safety, flight operations, data processing, analytics, and dissemination. The goals for this course are to provide students with an in-depth understanding of drone technology and how it can be applied for environmental assessment. The course is technical in nature but it is designed to be accessible to anyone who has an interest in drones and the environment. Technologies students will be exposed to include: drone platforms, drone sensors, flight planning software, image processing software, desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and web mapping. Students will work closely with members of the University of Vermont UAS Team, one of the most experience drone groups in the United States.


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