Vision: To fully exploit UAS capabilities to meet NOAA’s mission requirements
This video highlights UAS efforts conducted by the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center in August 2019. Bogoslof Island is an active volcano that erupted 52 times over the course of 9 months, with the last eruption observed in August 2017. This island is largely inhabited by northern fur seals and this survey offered a unique opportunity to compare ground sampling surveys to estimate pup production and comparing that to aerial images captured with the APH-28 hexacopter mounted with a visual sensor. This work was conducted to support the 2020 UAS Program funded project, Phase II: Advanced sensor system for surveying cryptic marine mammals.