ENVIRON 735LA. Drones in marine biology, ecology and conservation

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4 units (3 credit/semester hours)
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Includes a full overview of past and emerging applications for ecology and biology of marine species and coastal habitats with in-depth discussion on future of drone applications in coastal biological and ecological research. Comprehensive exploration of current drone technologies, including detection limits of target species, payload selection, operational procedures aeronautical concepts, rules and regulations, safety, mission planning, aircraft design, maintenance, data collection, management and analysis. Biological and technical lab components tailored to student interests: Active participation in megafaunal or environmental research and data analysis.  Building, operating and maintaining aircraft, programming for manual and autonomous flight. The use of unoccupied aircraft systems  (UAS) is changing how marine scientists collect data on animals and the environments they inhabit.  This course introduces students to the basics of using UAS in marine environments, presenting examples of existing and emerging applications, detailing the types of sensors used for marine applications, describes the sampling complexities of the marine environment, and provides and overview of typical workflows and data management. Details on regulatory and permitting requirements to fly UAS and legally and safely are also covered. The lab portion of the course will focus on basic aeronautics, flight planning and simulations, and the design, assembly, operation and maintenance of unoccupied aerial vehicles.

Additional information for the Summer 2017 course: This course will be taught on Tuesdays and Fridays and can be paired with a Monday/Wednesday/Thursday course (Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles, Marine Ecology)

Check out the UAS website to see some of the amazing work the team has been involved with: http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/uas/