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senseFly drones help monitor Lake Winnipeg ice hazards

By GeoConnexion - 29th October 2020 - 08:34

senseFly fixed-wing drones have been used to track and monitor the formation of lake ice hazards on Lake Winnipeg by NextGen Environment Research, a Canadian company based in Winnipeg. The project, conducted as part of the Canadian Space Agencies Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EODAP), aimed to identify and monitor the levels of lake ice and detect cracks and pressure ridges to raise awareness among local communities and first responders about the risks of lake ice travel. With studies projecting a reduction in lake ice mass over the coming years, ice safety is becoming a critical consideration for many populations who use the lakes to travel for commercial and leisure activities. The onset of melting ice – which begins in spring – is a critical time for monitoring ice, as it can result in pressure ridges, leads and cracks appearing and expose open water.

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