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SAL Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series

UAS@UTK: Drones for Research

The Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS is hosting a series of seminars focusing on the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at UTK. The format will be a casual brown bag lunch with a short talk, followed by a question and answer period. The series is organized by Eric Carr (NIMBioS) and Mona PapeĊŸ (EEB).

Location: Hallam Auditorium (Room 206) at NIMBioS, in Claxton Education Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.

Time: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Upcoming Seminars

Date: Sep 14, 2018

Speaker: Michael Buban, Air Resources Laboratory, Atmospheric Turbulence & Diffusion Division, NOAA

Topic: NOAA UAS Research and Technology Program: Moving research UAS platforms into operations
Abstract: NOAA's Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (NOAA/ATDD) has been testing small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) platforms and instrumentation to make high-resolution measurements of thermodynamic properties of the Earth's lower boundary layer and surface for the past four years. The use of sUAS for atmospheric research provides unprecedented access to a heretofore undersampled region of the lower boundary layer. Flights on a routine basis over a variety of land-surface types in various seasons will allow improvements in weather forecast models. This presentation will cover NOAA/ATDD's most recent developments in evaluating meteorological sensors for suitability for use on its small UAS, calibrating the sensors to NIST-traceable standards, validating the sensors performance against other measurement systems, and assessing the value of small UAS airborne systems for monitoring weather conditions on a routine basis.


Date: Oct 19, 2018

Speaker: Yingkui Li, Geography, UTK

Topic: TBA


Date: Nov 2, 2018

Speaker: Xiaopeng Zhao, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, UTK

Topic: TBA


Date: Feb 1, 2019

Speaker: Shuai Li, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UTK

Topic: TBA


Past Seminars

Date: May 4, 2018

Speakers: UT System Office of Risk Management

Topic: Everything About Drones That You Didn't Know You Needed to Know at UT Knoxville
Members of the team will answer questions and discuss registration, usage, regulations, UT guidelines, insurance coverage, safety tips and more.


Date: April 13, 2018

Speaker: Jeffrey E. Moersch, Earth and Planetary Science, UTK

Topic: Unmanned aerial vehicle studies of terrestrial analogs for Mars

Abstract: Terrestrial analogs are places on Earth that share one or more important geologic or astrobiologic characteristics with features found on other planets. In-depth studies of such relatively-accessible locations are useful because they provide a better understanding of the processes that may have been active on other planets, and also because they help us refine our exploration strategies for future planetary missions. Dr. Moersch has worked on terrestrial analog studies related to Mars for the past 20 years using traditional geologic field techniques and recently has added the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or "drones") to his approach. In this talk, the speaker discussed the added value that UAVs bring to this type of work, with examples from terrestrial analog sites in the high Arctic, the Atacama Desert and Altiplano of Chile, the Mojave Desert, and Iceland.


For more information, contact SAL, SAL@nimbios.org.


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