Flying Robots to revolutionize science in Alaska

by David Spindler

Sun Star Reporter

02/10/2015

Studying science in the field can be dangerous, especially when it comes to studying Alaska’s many eco environments such as volcanoes. However, such a job can be easily handled with unmanned aircraft, which is why researchers are planning to send flying robots into volcanoes to retrieve data for analysis.

The next talk in the 2015 Science for Alaska Lecture Series is called “Flying Robots! How Drones are Revolutionizing Science in Alaska.” The event will be held today at 7 p.m. in the Gold Room at the Westmark Hotel.

UAF graduate student Sean Barberie will be the speaker for the event and he will discuss the scientific applications of unmanned aircraft in Alaska and the direct response in an emergency risk and disaster situation.

The lectures are free to the public on Tuesday evenings through Feb. 24. The Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research joins with the Geophysical Institute as a sponsor for the series that began in the early 1990s to bring current scientific research to Alaskans.

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