FIELD WORK, DRONES AND SATELLITES TO MONITOR RIVER SYSTEMS

Our researchers work together with researchers from ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, i.e. the Italian Environmental Agency) and Durham University to develop methods and protocols for monitoring large river systems from remote sensing. We use drones and traditional field techniques (e.g. GPS) to survey local river features (e.g. topography, sediment size, vegetation) and use these data as ground truth for their further detection and monitoring at large scale from the recent Sentinel satellites from Copernicus. Last week we successfully realised the first campaign of data acquisition.