We all have heard of drones, and many of us have seen or even own them. Originally, they were seen as a threat, especially to the government. However, scientists and researchers have made us of this technology and made it work for the greater good. Drones are now helping scientific wildlife research in the Arctic, thanks to Intel.
The Importance of Drone Technology
Drones allow researchers to see animals up close and personal in their habitats without horribly disrupting them. The video and audio footage alone is a good research tool. However, with upgraded drone technology, researchers can gather physical materials from animals and their habitats without being invasive. These materials are vital to their work, and for the betterment of wildlife.
How Researchers are Using the Drones
As said in Fast Company, researchers in collaboration with Intel are using and improving drones “to capture, process and analyze information about the behavior patterns of wildlife, and what they can tell us about our environment.” One project, called the Snotbot, collects the blow that whales exhale when they reach the surface of the water with a drone. They send these collected samples to researchers who assess the whale’s health and patterns with the help of machine learning technology to get real-time results.
Climate scientists and researchers also make great use of drones. They can observe specific aspects of climate change and their evolution much closer and more accurately than ever before. This helps them assess ocean health and the more broad effects of climate change.
The Future of Drone Technology
Drones have a multitude of uses that are expanding rapidly. They already used to find people after natural disasters. They can safely take footage of rare, but dangerous, species of animals. They’ll even fly packages right to your door. And now, they are helping scientists change the world. How will drones help us next?
Source: Fast Company