Water sampling with Drones
|Coordinator||RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - Mätteknik Borås|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 1 212 200|
|Project duration||November 2018 - October 2019|
Purpose and goal
Water sampling along coasts, lakes and streams is an activity that requires a lot of work. Sometimes you have to take a boat on bad forest roads and spend a lot of time on the logistics around the sampling. This makes the priorities stringent for how many sampling points can be visited and how often - within the given budget frameworks. For safety reasons, two people need to participate if samples are taken from a boat and the work environment is often tough with heavy lift and high weather impact at high cost. With today´s manual methods, we get far to few and not so extensive measurements.
Expected results and effects
EU has pointed out to Sweden that the water sampling programs implemented by government agencies, and various organisations, are not sufficient to meet the requirements for monitoring the aquatic environment. One explanation is the extremely hard to measure and extensive water environment we have in Sweden. With the introduction of UAV-borne technology, it would not be necessary, as now, to lower the level of ambition in the national programs. There would be greater opportunities for repeated extensive tests and new methodologies that increase reliability and representativeness.
Planned approach and implementation
The project takes the form of a preliminary study into a major development project on methods of environmental monitoring. The aim is to develop and demonstrate methods first and foremost with the help of UAVs /Drones; 1. In-situ Surface Water Surveying 2. In-situ measurement at certain depths 3. In-situ measurement in multiple locations during the same flight To investigate the conditions for implementation of the following points 4-6; 4. Collect a water sample of surface water 5. Collect a water sample from a certain depth 6. Collect multiple water samples during the same flight