Wingtra Drones Help Climate Scientists Predict Flash Flooding in Alaska


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In a recent drones for good story, a unique drone made by Wingtra is helping climate researchers in Juneau, Alaska track the fluctuations of water and ice levels in nearby Suicide Basin to better predict flash floods.

The work is part of an ongoing effort to improve flood tracking led by Gabriel Wolken, a research professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Using the WingtraOne, a drone made specifically for mapping, Wolken is collecting visual data to track the rising and falling of the basin. His team is also tracking the interactions of the basin’s changing levels with changes in the Mendenhall Glacier, with the overall goal of improving predictions about these floods.

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For takeoff and landing, the Wingtra drone can fly vertically, like a helicopter (this technology is often called VTOL). Once it’s in the air, it can fly horizontally. This combination of flight capabilities makes it a powerful tool for collecting aerial data in a tricky outdoor environment like that presented around the basin and glacier.

Read today's post to learn more about the WingtraOne and the work being done at Suicide Basin to help better predict flash flooding in the area.

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