Permafrost Research Takes Flight

Equipped with a DJI Phantom 4 Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) drone and mobile base station, we can accurately track surface changes due to thawing permafrost around several of our field sites. The preliminary data are being processed and are looking good so far. Here's an example of a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) from Franklin Bluffs in northern Alaska. 

Franklin Bluffs DEM