Drones and Drifters: The Great Pumpkin Race

Principal Investigators:

Mr. Greg Trowse, Luna Ocean Consulting Ltd

Start Date: October 2016

End Date: July 2017

The project objective is to test and develop a new low-cost approach to collecting oceanographic measurements for use in tidal initial site assessments.   The plan is to combine one of the oldest tools in oceanography, the drifter, with one of the newest, the drone – also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV.  The drone will be used to collect geo-referenced images to map significant flow features.  Field trials will also be conducted using ‘biodegradable’ drifters (ie. pumpkins and other gourds!) to measure the flow field, and complemented with other GPS drifter data.  The proponent will perform hydrodynamic analysis on the combined drone and drifter datasets to increase knowledge of the spatial and temporal variation of flow fields, and lead to developing a beta version of the software.



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Drones and Drifters Final Report [PDF]