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Drones Are Turning Civilians Into an Air Force of Citizen Scientists

Conservation Drone monitoring an Osprey Nest
Image Credit: Wikimedia, Cliffspiration, CC BY-SA 4.0

Last winter, as meteorologists warned of a monster El Niño, researchers at the Nature Conservancy in California prepared to mobilize with a new, distributed surveillance strategy: commercial drones, co-opted from a gung-ho statewide network of citizen scientists. Britta Ricker, geographic information scientist in Urban Studies University of Washington-Tacoma, shares her thoughts about the challenges and rewards of this new research strategy.

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​Originally published on Wired.com by Anna Vlasits
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