My Capstone Project studies the environmental applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones.

UAVs are becoming popular among hobbyists and the scientific community. Their distinctive advantages as a low-cost, lightweight, real-time, and high-resolution imaging platform, make UAVs an attractive alternative to satellite and manned aircraft in collecting aerial data.

In order to inform environmental scientists of the growing promise of UAVs and maximize their benefits, there is a need to study UAV applications across environmental areas. Understanding their potentials and limitations given state-of-the-art science and current policy environment, scientists can make the best use of the emerging monitoring tool.