Drones in Hydrology: How are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Advancing our Understanding of Earth’s Critical Zone?

Session ID#: 25667

Session Description:
As technology continues to advance, our ability to image earth’s critical zone only increases.  One of the newest tools available for collecting spatially explicit data are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones.  UAVs are unique tools that offer reliable data collection at high spatial resolutions. They can provide insight into the spatial heterogeneities in vegetation, land use, and surface waters, and critical zone processes, and help ground truth results of water system models.  This session invites contributions that explore the use of UAVs in advancing our understanding of critical zone hydrology. Contributions on types of UAVs, data collection techniques, inferring hydrological processes from UAV data, and use of UAVs to run or refine numerical models are particularly encouraged.
Primary Convener:  Christa Kelleher, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, United States
Conveners:  Anna Coles, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada and Christine E. Hatch, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Geosciences, Amherst, MA, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

CHENG-Yuan Yeh, Hong-Ru Lin, Yong-Lin Chen, Shao-Yang Huang and Jet-Chau Wen, NYUSUT National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yulin, Taiwan
Baptiste Dafflon1, Emmanuel Leger1, John Peterson1, Nicola Falco1, Haruko M Wainwright1, Yuxin Wu1, Anh Phuong Tran1, Eoin Brodie1, Kenneth Hurst Williams1, Roelof Versteeg2 and Susan S. Hubbard1, (1)Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States, (2)Subsurface Insights, Hanover, NH, United States
Kevin James Wienhold1, Dongfeng Li1 and Nick Z. Fang2, (1)University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, United States, (2)Univ of TX-Arlington-Civil Eng, Arlington, TX, United States
Brandon L Maples1, Laura Veronica Alvarez1, Hernan A Moreno1, Phillip Bruce Chilson2 and Antonio Segales2, (1)University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Geography and Environmental Sustainability, Norman, OK, United States, (2)University of Oklahoma, Meteorology, Norman, OK, United States
Henry Pai, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, United States and Scott Tyler, University of Nevada, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Reno, NV, United States

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