Department of Geography and Planning

Student Research

Students Research

A team of professors and graduate students are utilizing a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), as known as a drone, to survey agricultural fields in the attempts to detect the subsurface tile system. This technology is an emerging technique for the field of remote sensing, a process that observes phenomena from a distance, which is currently dominated by the use of satellites and airplane imagery. UAV’s allow the team to have much more control over the date, time, and location of where the imagery can be collected, which is of the upmost importance when detecting agricultural tile. This project is investigating the degree that runoff from subsurface tile drain contribute to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and adversely impact water quality.

Team members
Professors: Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, Dr. April Ames
Graduate Students: Richard Johansen, Kim Panozzo, Tim Kosmyna

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-Drone

Dr.C and Graduate Students Working with Drone
UAV Project

Drone Taking Images 

Drone working

Image of the Subsurface Tile System Taken by Drone
Image of the subsurface tile system taken by drone

Last Updated: 6/27/22