Achieving greater impact at the North Carolina Coastal Federation through Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

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2017-04-28

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Environmental NGOs have a significant opportunity to enhance their work by leveraging drone technology. Identifying specific areas where programming and advocacy can be significantly improved by using enhanced imagery, monitoring and data collection is the first step toward integrating drone use. NGOs that choose to embark on drone-based projects can make the most effective use of time and resources by implementing the program in the most effective way possible. The paper establishes a three-step action plan that will help environmental NGOs move toward implementing drone use. The three steps are as follows: (1) execute a pilot project, (2) establish foundation for program decision-making, (3) create a program plan. To establish the most appropriate structure to be utilized in the planning phase for the NCCF, I utilized a strategic framework, based on the classic “Build, Borrow, Buy” framework, and a customized cost model.

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McLaurin, Sidney (2017). Achieving greater impact at the North Carolina Coastal Federation through Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/14147.


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