Water restoration drones : applied research to date

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Buckley, Paula
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New Zealand
water testing
water treatment
solid waste management
chemical waste removal
underwater remote control vehicles (ROV)
airboat drones
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Buckley, P.G.A. (2017, November). Drones for environmental restoration. Paper presented at Foundation North Gulf Innovation Fund Together (G.I.F.T) Seminar, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
This Drone has been designed for real-time water testing. Traditional/current methods of water testing rely on fixed point sensors or samples taken from hand, but do not allow scientists to fully survey the changing water parameters of a large water body. The Airboat Drone has been specifically designed to skim above the water's surface ( its external propulsion system is above the water line, in order to reduce any water interference) The Airboat conducts full large-scale water surveys, with live sensor technology and records the changing water chemistry/parameters over a vast water body and GPS logs the vehicle's journey : Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Temp, Turbidity, ORP and Conductivity. This technology enables water scientists to record a waterways full journey ( a shallow creek to a stream, a full river and to the sea) and log real-time, diagnostic water testing. This also enables sciences to recognise and pinpoint key pollution sources which enter this waterway. ... The Restoration Drone is a novel environmental technology developed to remove surface pollution from Waterways (including rivers / lakes / entries/ harbours) This technology has been developed to conduct regular maintenance in pollution hot spots and also to be a‘ first response to environmental emergencies’ such as oils/ chemical spills, or serious outbreaks of toxic algae bloom. The Restoration drone is operated either by remote control or its navigation can be pre-programmed using Google earth coordinates.
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