Since 2006, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first recognized the potential that commercialized (i.e. non-military) unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) applications could have on both professional development and scientific research, the industry has grown exponentially. With that, the technology and capabilities have advanced at an almost equivalent pace. As the sophistication of this technology evolves, so does its application to a broad spectrum of professionals engaged in services related to the protection of the environment and natural resources.

This course is designed to introduce those professionals interested in the application of this ever expanding technology to their chosen field. The course will inform the participants about the equipment, the personnel, the training, the various available sensors and their capabilities, and the applicability to circumstantial scenarios. Brief tutorials will be offered on how to extract and process sensor data with the use of familiar ArcGIS® and DroneDeploy® computer software. In addition, virtual representations of UAV operations and outputs will also be presented.