Airborne and aquatic (both surface and sub-surface) drones are vital tools for scientists studying the changes in the ocean and how they affect the world’s climate, fisheries, and marine habitats, due to their versatility and ability to travel to areas normally inaccessible by humans.
Sub-surface aquatic drones offer an up-close, real-time perspective on the status of the world’s reefs, many of which have been endangered by climate change. A drone equipped with a suite of sensing equipment can cover a significantly broader area and gather much more useful data than teams of divers, while remaining small enough to operate in close proximity to marine wildlife without intruding on natural habitats.
Airborne drones can patrol beaches and aid lifeguards in the detection of dangerous wildlife, as well as the evacuation of beachgoers.
Aquatic drones (both surface and subsurface) can be used to test water quality in lakes, rivers, and other waterways in real time using suites of onboard sensing equipment.