Our first research project with a small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAS) is a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by Jeff Smyczek. He’s using our new Tetracam RGB+3 to map changing prairie vegetation throughout the summer. With the Tetracam, he can create an index of vegetation health, called the Normalized Vegetation Difference Index (NDVI), and correlate the index to biomass measurements.
Collaborating with the Rock River Coalition, we held a 15-day public event using the water quality array to map water quality along most of the Rock River in Wisconsin. The project included a real-time map of the data as we paddled down the river along with public presentations in communities along the route.
Ever heard of an Arduino? It’s a small computer that allows you to make things…new things. We’ve combined an Arduino with water quality probes, a cell phone, and our GIS server to create a real-time water quality mapping system.