I am curious if anyone has come across water quality research using drones in wetted habitat, coastal ecosystems, rivers, lakes, or other riparian environments? I am specifically interested in water quality studies that use UAVs to capture information on oil spills, algal blooms, sedimentation, turbidity, or other water quality parameters. I understand that current limitations of mapping water, such as reflection or ripples, as well as water quality parameters (4 or 5-band multispectral cameras may not capture the wavelengths we need for an index such as the Floating Algal Index) might make this challenging at the moment. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
UC Berkeley Graduate Student