Drone Technology Joins the Fight Against Climate Change Risks

Now that it’s known that drones are more than just for military and recreational use, agencies and programs all over the world are using them in the effort to fight against climate change and global warming.

In today’s society, climate change is a very big deal. In fact, it risks our very lives, so finding ways to help preserve our climate is a must for ourselves and future generations. It will also be ideally if we managed to do so before it’s too late to turn back time and right society’s wrongs.

The High Risks of Climate Change

There are a very serious number of climate change risks that will occur within the next decade or so if things are not fixed. Risks to unique and threatened systems are both human and ecological systems related to particular climate and geography, which include biodiversity hot spots, mangrove ecosystems, tropical glacier systems, and more.

In short, all of these will be wiped out at some time because of extreme risks where climate change is concerned. Then there are the risks that are associated with extreme weather events. These include heat waves, coastal flooding, wildfires associated with drought, heavy rain, and more. All of these risk livelihoods, assets, ecosystems, human health, and our very lives as we know them.

Unfortunately, climate change and global warming are not taken as seriously as it should be; which is a very scary reality that somehow we are all currently living in. Actually, we should all learn more about the different types of climate change, global warming, and the classifications and risks of everything involved.

How Are Drones Helping in the Fight against Climate Change

Interestingly enough drones are now helping in the fight for our very survival against climate change, global warming, and the risks that come along with them. Because drones are growing and expanding (where popularity and demand are concerned), certain groups and individuals teamed up and employed their skills into saving our planet.

Using Drones to Map Climate Change in Specific Areas

One agency within the United Nations Development Programme got the idea to use drones in order to properly map out areas and spot climate charge risks within these areas to be able to respond better to it.

The agency worked with DJI, one of the top leading drone manufacturers in the world, and used both smartphone-controlled drones and drones guided by a standard controller.

Drones were used enhance disaster preparedness in Maldives, one of the most vulnerable areas in the world where climate change was concerned. Approximately 80% of the islands here have an elevation rate of around one meter above the proper sea level, which threatens submersion of these islands greatly.

From there, they created risk maps for important data sources and visual aids to pinpoint and identify the changes that were needed to help rid the vulnerability hat these islands faced on a daily basis.

Using drones, the agency was able to map the 11 islands in a few short months, which would have taken them years to do if they did not have access to this type of technology. A 3D map has now been created to help identify which areas will be safe in the case of flooding.

This is one prime example of how drones are helping in the fight against climate change. In fact, this 3D map will save the lives of the 160 people that inhabit these islands should the worst ever occur.

Using Drones to Monitor the Ferpecle Glacier in Valais

Another serious problem that climate change and global warming has brought on is the melting of polar glaciers and ice all over the world. However, research efforts simply cannot keep up with all of the meltings. They cannot map everything out on their own and need something that will help them to do so.

Therefore, the “eBee” drone was created in Lausanne, Switzerland by the climate change group Sensefly. It has now made it possible to collect much needed high-resolution data where the accumulation and ablation for an area of the glacier are concerned.

Areas within the Swiss Alps are now monitored for a couple of hours of the day periodically throughout the year to see how fast changes are happening, exactly where they are happening, and where the movement is coming and going from.

The eBee has allowed the group to do the following through their work of targeting the glacier changes:

  • Better improve the understanding of how rough the surface properties of the glaciers are
  • Validate the models of glacier balance mass
  • Formulate a new flux parameterizations and further compare these to their new performances with the existing ones that they already have on hand
  • Better quantify all of the components where the energy budget is concerned for specific glaciers

Without eBee, none of this could have been possible, and that is why this is a prime example of drones helping to fight in climate changes.

The Drone That Humanitarian UAV Network Used

In Nepal, the Humanitarian UAV Network used a drone to map out the city of Kathmandu, which was destroyed during an earthquake. The surrounding areas were filmed using drones to find the areas that were impacted the most by the disaster and this has drastically lowered the risks and the costs for response missions.

The drone activity has also reduced the long-term negative effects that such a disaster would have on the victims. The drones they are using are being tested further to monitor the migration through disasters where the recovery phase is concerned. Because mass migration can be very unpredictable, dangerous for the local population, and an overall threat to human security, drones are being used to help move this process along.

Overall, the goal is to find an effective implementation of natural disaster management that integrates technological platforms that are both available and already being used to help in saving the climate.

Using Drones to Save the Human Population

Now that it’s known that drones are more than just for military and recreational use, agencies and programs all over the world are using them in the effort to fight against climate change and global warming.

Thanks to drones, who knows what will come for our future in our fight to save our planet.


Jack Brown is a true drone passionate and he focused his education on this amazing field. Thus, he graduated the Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate program and now he’s a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. His main purpose right now is to find and develop new features and help others discover the wonderful experience of flying a drone. For this, he is the main editor and content creator at MyDroneLab Blog where you can find everything you want to know about drones.

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