31 Jul '15, 1pm

Studying Killer Whales with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle #WDD #WirelessDesign

Studying Killer Whales with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle #WDD #WirelessDesign

Last year, for the first time, scientists used an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, to study killer whales from above. In an article published this month in the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, scientists describe how they configured their UAV, turning it into a precision scientific instrument. The international team of scientists from NOAA Fisheries and the Vancouver Aquarium used the UAV to take straight-down photos of the Northern resident killer whales, a group of animals that frequent waters near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and that are listed as threatened under Canada's Species At Risk Act. The photos from the UAV are not only stunningly beautiful, but loaded with data and diagnostic detail. "We're taking photographs not just because they look good, but because we can make very precise measurements from them," said John Durban, a marine mammal ecologist w...

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