NOAA Expands Use, Funding of Unmanned Aircraft

Three test projects to study weather and climate phenomena with unmanned aircraft will begin this summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week, adding that it has invested $3 million to explore how unmanned planes can be used in wide-ranging research. The three projects are part of NOAA's Unmanned Aircraft Program (http://uas.noaa.gov/).

"This technology has the potential to revolutionize our monitoring of the entire Earth," said Marty Ralph, manager of the program and a research meteorologist at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. "Data gathered by unmanned aircraft can help us understand how humans are affecting the planet and how we might mitigate the impacts of natural disasters resulting from severe weather and climate."

The planes will take instruments on research flights that are too dangerous or too long for pilots and scientists, said the agency, which is working with university and industry partners. The test projects will study Atlantic and Gulf hurricanes at low altitudes between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31; sea ice conditions and seal populations as the Arctic climate warms; and Pacific and West Coast storms in spring 2009. NOAA said future missions will help in monitoring fisheries, tracking Greenland's glaciers, examining urban pollution, preserving natural resources, and providing key wildfire data to firefighters.

For information about the lab's activities, visit www.esrl.noaa.gov/.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark CP

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2020

    October 2020

    Featuring:

    • FACILITY SECURITY
      EHS Compliance: Make it Personal
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      Choosing the Right Safety Shoe for Your Industry
    • HAND PROTECTION
      A Requirements Checklists for Work Safety Gloves
    • COVID-19 MANAGEMENT
      Contemporary Issues in HSE Management
    View This Issue