Drone Technology and the Environment

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June 4 – July 29, 2018

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Continuing Education Units

4.5 CEUs

Instructor: Sue Bickford

Susan Bickford is the owner of New England UAV, a drone consulting company based out Rochester NH and also works as the Stewardship Coordinator/GIS Specialist at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England and also developed the GIS certificate program for the Environmental Studies Program at the University of New England in Biddeford Maine. Susan’s vision is to incorporate GIS and drone technology to advance the use of critically needed remotely sensed data into the environmental decision-making process.

Drone Technology and the Environment Overview

Investigate drone use in environmental science and begin studying to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certification test.

Drone Technology and the Environment Course Description

3 credit hours
Instructor: Sue Bickford

How can the use of drones advance the ability to make informed decisions about our environment? What are the requirements to use drones legally in the National Airspace and become a certified drone pilot? How will this exponentially growing industry fare in the future? This course will investigate these questions and more. It will provide an opportunity to investigate drone use in multiple environmental disciplines and position students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certification test. It will also provide hands-on training in mission planning, policies and procedures, drone flights and data post-processing.

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