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NWS’s Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center Builds a UAS Program

ARTICLE, FIGURES AND VIDEO PROVIDED BY: JESSICA CHERRY (NWS/APRFC/AESSIC)

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The link below provides a video that highlights early successes with UAS applications by the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center (APRFC). The APRFC is funded by the UAS Program to look at the feasibility of using small UAS to map flood inundation, as well as for inspecting towers with meteorological instruments. Alaska’s communities face flood risk from river ice jams, glacial dammed lake outbursts, and rainfall-driven events. So far, UAS show strong potential for helping improve flood forecasts and other decision support products from the National Weather Service.   

https://uas.noaa.gov/portals/5/Videos/Summer_APRFC_Missions_Film_1.mp4

NOAA GLERL Great Lakes UAS Initiative for Harmful Algal Bloom

ARTICLE AND FIGURES PROVIDED BY STEVE RUBERG (GLERL)

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The NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office empowers researchers and engineers to use drones to aid in key research projects and quickly respond to weather, climate and other environmental events. Combining powerful UAS platforms and smaller sensors, it is feasible to routinely and rapidly detect events such as oil spills and cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs). 

Evaluating New UAS Platform to Conduct High Priority Protected Species Research in Hawaii

ARTICLE AND FIGURES PROVIDED BY JESSICA BOHLANDER (PIFSC)

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Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Hawaiian monk seals (Neomonachus schauinslandi) are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are listed as threatened. All three species use beaches throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago that are remote and difficult to access. This has precluded comprehensive investigations of these species by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Protected Species Division (PSD) in remote areas which has inhibited holistic population evaluations of these priority species.

Assessment of Disturbance to Hawaiian Monk Seals and Birds in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands by the APH-22 Hexacopter

ARTICLE AND FIGURES PROVIDED BY JESSICA BOHLANDER (PIFSC)

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In an effort to determine whether use of a UAS APH-22 hexacopter would cause disturbance to endangered Hawaiian monk seals or seabirds, the team at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program embarked on an exploratory study in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).

NGI Publishes Research on Use of UAS to Identify and Analyze Flood Impacts

ARTICLE PROVIDED BY JOHN WALKER [(3) UASPO]

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With funding provided by the NOAA UAS Program Office in OAR through the “SHOUT4Rivers” project, Dr. Robert Moorhead (Director of NOAA’s Northern Gulf Institute, NGI, and principal investigator) and his team have been working for the past couple of years to develop and test plans to deploy large UAS to collect aerial imagery of flood-impacted regions in response to needs expressed by multiple NWS River Forecast Centers (RFCs).  
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