The benefits that aerial platforms (drones and aircraft) offer the fields of environmental monitoring and conservation are being realized by an ever-increasing number of researchers, students and environmental engineers.
These, often automated, remote sensing platforms offer quick, easy and cost-effective insights on demand. Their application meanwhile varies widely, from glacial modelling, coastal erosion tracking and species identification to air quality assessments, fire modelling and flood mapping as part of wider emergency response tools.
GeoAerospace operate air quality sensors to sample and analyze ambient air at heights of up to 120 meters above ground level. This was previously impossible to accomplish. Air quality mapping, model verification, and analysis of potentially dangerous sites have all now been made possible. While in flight, five built-in chemical sensors can provide remote monitoring of chemicals including fugitive emission, flare emission, leak detection along oil pipe lines and landfill methane and odor emission.
GeoAerospace also operate a light-weight laboratory providing a robust platform to conduct both impact assessments and air quality measurements for a wide range of applications. This includes the monitoring of fugitive emissions, flare emissions, leak detection along oil pipelines, landfill methane, odour emissions, military or emergency applications, urban scanning, and much, much more.
Aerial platforms are increasingly being recognized as an effective tool for collecting data that is crucial for flood risk analysis both small (drones) and large scale (aircraft) survey areas. These airborne platforms collect imagery that can be processed into digital elevation models (DEMs) which serve as inputs for the flood inundation modeling and mapping that is a core component of flood risk analysis and planning. Aerial generated data provides accurate, geo-referenced data that is more up-to-date and higher resolutions than most publicly available data. This data can be used in conjunction with FEMA floodplain maps to determine appropriate and cost effective flood control measures needed to protect a community.
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