Researchers using drones to better understand environmental phenomena
MIT's Earth Signals and Systems group has developed a novel application of technology — a small aircraft, termed a cooperative autonomous observing system — to capture dynamic maps of a natural hazard as it billows into the atmosphere, or to "follow the plumes and puffs." This kind of targeted, real-time measurement of volcanic emissions could provide, for example, a far more detailed understanding of the role of aerosols in climate change.
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