Use of Drone Technology to Study Sediment Accumulation in Rivers

The use of drones for studying the impact of climate change has gathered momentum in recent times. An academician at Loughborough University intends to deploy drones for understanding the current fettle of rivers. Climate change has caused several water bodies to respond differently to external and internal forces. Rivers are especially quite vulnerable to the environmental changes that have picked pace in recent times.

Drone technology can help in measuring the size of sediments that get accumulated inside rivers. Use of machine learning and drone imagery can assist in measuring sediments as small as 0.5 cm. The accuracy of drone imagery can in turn help in understanding the behaviour of rivers. Furthermore, drone technology can be used to study habitats that settle on the river bed.

Impact of River Sediments on Surrounding Habitats

Accumulation of sediments in rivers can generate varying impacts, based on the size of sediments. Large sediments can deflect the flow of rivers by creating an upstream. Moreover, these sediments can also disrupt surrounding habitats and adjacent streams. Smaller sediments may result in the formation of algae culture inside rivers. Hence, the study of sediment sizes can help in gauging the impact of climate change on rivers.

River sediments also decide the amount of water a river can hold. This is the most crucial consideration for scientists willing to study the impacts of climate change on rivers. The types of habitats present inside water bodies hold relevance for researchers involved in biological studies. Researchers believe that next-generation drones are much more capable of studying environmental changes than traditional drones.

Intrusion of Human Space

Academicians at University pointed to the drastic impacts of environmental change. They believe that our recreational and personal spaces could also be disrupt by climate change. Hence, there is a critical need to take care of our rivers, lakes, and other water bodies. Economic, industrial, residential, and agricultural dynamics are all at risk due to climatic change.