Capitol Hill Lunch Seminar - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


Topic Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, were initially developed for use by the military. In recent years, there has been a proliferation in the civilian and scientific applications of UAVs, including environmental applications, ecological surveys, and wildlife monitoring. UAVs opened new horizons for environmental monitoring by enabling rapid access to study area, high spatial and temporal resolution, and the capability to carry imaging and non-imaging payloads. An introduction into current, potential UAVs applications and regulations will be presented.


Presenter: Dr. Sinan Abood, USDA Forest Service

Dr. Abood has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering focused on water treatment and water resources and a PhD. In Environmental Engineering focused on GIS and Remote Sensing Applications from Michigan Technological University 2007-2011. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH-Zurich 2011-2013, and is currently an Oak Ridge Institute of Science & Education Research Fellow at Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants Program-USDA Forest Service Washington, D.C. headquarters, and an Adjunct Faculty at School for Forest Resources and Environmental Science- Michigan Technological University.