The aim of the grant is two-fold: to study volcanism using unmanned aerial vehicles, and, while doing so, to develop capability and protocol for UH researchers to use UAV to conduct other types of scientific studies.
The innovative research combines historic aerial photos, current drone imagery, and topographic surveys to discover coastal changes around Hawai’i Island. The results of the study are informing policymakers who are crafting a new setback policy for coastal development.
Rose Hart, a second-year graduate student at UH Hilo was recognized for her research using small unmanned aerial systems to map shoreline change at Hapuna State Beach Park.
UH Hilo researchers are using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) off the side of Stainback Road, one of the epicenters of the Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death infection.
Researchers are using small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to capture images of coastal areas across hundreds of acres—the aim is to try to make accurate predictions on how the rise in sea level will affect the coast and what that entails for communities and the county in regard to planning.
The new course is an important addition to the Department of Geography and Environmental Science as part of the department’s new area focus in geospatial tools and technology.
The Discovery Chanel’s video includes an excellent explanation of how the lava mapping is done from the UAV flights in the field to the data analysis and mosaic creation done at the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory.
Collaborative venture of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College uses unmanned aerial vehicle to study lava.