Drone images Linnaeus Arboretum for Geography class

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by

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Erik Johnson (’02) and an imaging drone at Gustavus. (Yes, my daughter was very interested in the plane!)

The Gustavus GEG-240 Fundamentals of GIS class, taught by Dr. Jeff La Frenierre, got to see a drone in action this week as Erik Johnson (’02) brought a drone to campus to image Linnaeus Arboretum. This drone is essentially a (high-end!) styrofoam model airplane mounted with a camera and GPS unit. Special software geometrically corrects and mosaics the images to create a seamless, detailed image of the Arb. This particular drone is used for remote sensing of agriculture in Minnesota and the greater region: farmers and agricultural co-ops are interested in how images from drones can help them monitor crop health and yield. For more information, see Erik’s company webpage, Leading Edge Technologies.

 

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