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Webinar: Drone the SWMP: Assessing the Utility of Drones for Monitoring Coastal Wetlands
Wednesday, 29 June 2022, 3:00
Wednesday, June 29, 2022. 3:00 PM. Webinar: Drone the SWMP: Assessing the Utility of Drones for Monitoring Coastal Wetlands. Brandon Puckett, NOAA National Centers for Coastal
Ocean Science; Whitney Jenkins, North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve; Cristiana Falvo, Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab; Justin Ridge, Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab; Brittany Morse, North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; Allix North, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve; Erik Smith, North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Sponsored by NERRS Science Collaborative. Register here.
Tidal wetland monitoring is critical for detecting changes and managing these vulnerable coastal ecosystems. Wetland monitoring programs typically use ground-based measurements or satellite observations to track changes at small and large scales – but these approaches may miss important processes that occur at intermediate spatial scales or result from discrete events such as extreme storms. Mounting sensors on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - commonly known as drones - offers an opportunity to radically improve tidal wetland monitoring programs by
providing high spatial resolution, coverage, and customization on the operator’s schedule.
This project team worked with the six National Estuarine Research Reserves in the Southeast and Caribbean to develop, assess, and collaboratively refine a protocol for drone operation, data
management, and data analysis. In this webinar, which will consist of a presentation and panel discussion, members of the project team will talk about their approach which included ground- based validation and drone-based observation to estimate common wetland monitoring parameters and a collaborative process for developing the protocols. They will also share lessons learned, products developed, and benefits that have emerged from this work.