Using a thermal unoccupied aerial vahicle to detect submarine groundwater discharge in Escambia Bay, Florida

This project is intended to measure the spatial-temporal trends of submarine groundwater discharge in Escambia Bay using a thermal imaging drone. Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is groundwater that flows from the land into bays and seas. One important reason to monitor SGD relates to its ability to bring nutrients into estuarine systems which can cause harmful algal blooms and dead zones. Understanding the range and frequency of SDG zones allow for better management of eutrophication.
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Abstract/Description: This project is intended to measure the spatial-temporal trends of submarine groundwater discharge in Escambia Bay using a thermal imaging drone. Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is groundwater that flows from the land into bays and seas. One important reason to monitor SGD relates to its ability to bring nutrients into estuarine systems which can cause harmful algal blooms and dead zones. Understanding the range and frequency of SDG zones allow for better management of eutrophication.
Subject(s): Escambia Bay, Florida
Undergraduate Research
Unmanned aerial vehicle
Submarine ground water discharge (SGD)