Drone technology in hurricane response

April 10th, 2018 | RESEARCH

This blog post describes a Teen Science Café in Oxford Hills, Maine, which featured the role of drones in emergency response. Colonel Dan Leclair of the University of Maine at Augusta brought drones of all sizes and demonstrated how they were used following hurricanes to make maps of the damage that was caused. He talked about the advantages of a drone being able to go where a plane can’t go: above a hurricane, a wildfire, or a burning building. In addition to mapping the severity of the disaster, drones can deliver much-needed supplies, even portable cell-phone towers. Drones are being used in a broad range of approaches to emergency response, and many community colleges are starting to offer drone programs.



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Team Members

Jan Mokros, Author, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Dan Leclair, Contributor, University of Maine at Augusta


Publication: Teen Science Cafe Network’s Blog
Volume: 2018
Number: April


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1322827
Funding Amount: $2,690,708

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Access and Inclusion: Rural
Discipline: Climate | Geoscience and geography | Technology
Resource Type: Blog Post | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Public Events and Festivals | Public Programs