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UNOCCUPIED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM APPLICATIONS FOR SALT MARSH SHORELINES: A HANDBOOK

dc.contributor.advisor Johnston, David
dc.contributor.author Dobroski, Kelly
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-25T16:41:53Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-25T16:41:53Z
dc.date.issued 2019-04-25
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18405
dc.description.abstract Salt marshes provide coastal storm protection, fishery habitat, water filtration, carbon storage, and ecotourism. While estimated at 3.8 million acres in the U.S., salt marsh habitats have declined rapidly over the last three decades. Current monitoring practices for salt marshes are resource intensive, and often cause damage when walking through them. Advances in unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) enable remote monitoring of marshes and can improve data quality, efficiency, immediacy, and safety, often with reduced costs. Modern UAS monitoring methods were developed and tested at three salt marshes in Beaufort, NC, to establish their reliability and replicability. The resulting handbook derived from these studies demonstrates the costs and benefits of UAS-based salt marsh monitoring and provides methods and best practices for organizations seeking to implement drone-based monitoring of salt marshes.
dc.subject UAS
dc.subject unoccupied aircraft
dc.subject drones
dc.subject salt marsh
dc.subject wetlands
dc.subject remote sensing
dc.title UNOCCUPIED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM APPLICATIONS FOR SALT MARSH SHORELINES: A HANDBOOK
dc.type Master's project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
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