A new drone purchased earlier this year by the Earth and Space Sciences Department at West Chester University has already become an invaluable resource for students in their research, writes Abbey Bigler for The Quad.
The drone makes it possible to collect more precise data than traditional methods, and is currently helping with several studies at the university.
One of these is taking pictures and creating a 3D stone quarry model to project which type of stone would occur deeper under the surface for a study entitled “Feasibility of Drone Use in 3D Geologic Mapping.”
Another is in the “Preliminary Analysis of Meteorological Weather Variables Collected Using a Drone.” Here, the drone collects specialized data on the meteorological conditions at specific locations and altitudes, also known as microclimates.
Interest in using the capabilities of the drone goes far beyond the Earth and Space Sciences Department. The anthropology, sociology, geography, and biology departments are already excited to try it, showing the true interdisciplinary potential of the university’s new addition.
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