Mapping ice trails with UAVs

Scientists in Alaska are expanding research opportunities using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), flying technological tools. Explore the role of UAVs in mapping sea-ice terrain in the Chukchi Sea offshore from Barrow, the northernmost town in the U.S. Chopping ice to clear trails for Native subsistence whaling is a living tradition. The sea ice offshore from Barrow, Alaska, is difficult terrain and the view from a UAV could provide a useful planning tool. Hear about early successes in mapping sea-ice terrain. The technique uses overlapping images obtained by a hexcopter UAV called a Ptarmigan using autopilot software to craft a printable map, and aims to provide a product that could benefit locals in Barrow.

Provided by Frontier Scientists

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