Unmanned Tech for Ocean Protection: How Commercial Drones are Being Utilized for a Variety of Ocean and Coastal Research and Management Requirements

CDR Matt Pickett, NOAA (Ret)

Oceans Unmanned

Tuesday, May. 15, 2018, 11:00am
Chase 130

As the capability of easily available consumer level drones continues to improve at a rapid pace, researchers and resource managers are finding unique and creative ways to utilize these systems to meet their project requirements. As the ease-of-use increases and costs decrease, more drones are being deployed in the marine environment and off ships and small boats for a variety of environmental research and monitoring requirements.


CDR Matthew Pickett, NOAA (Ret) spent twenty years providing operational support for NOAA aboard ships, small boats, aircraft, and diving. He has twelve years of experience supporting the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, including three years as the Superintendent of CINMS. His aviation experience includes remote sensing and living marine resource surveys and small UAS missions supporting environmental research and monitoring requirements.