Use of Drone Technology in Ocean Research of the Saco River Estuary Supporting Student Research
Rapid changes have taken place in technology reducing cost,complexity and support of ocean monitoring. This is being applied at the University of New England to research a variety of marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats. One of our initiatives is to create underwater ROVs, RC boats, drifters and bouys to monitor these habitats. These are built using open source technology. ArcGIS is used to create search maps, search patterns, data reports and models that help us analyzing the data.