US Geologic Survey Is Using Drones For Mapping The American Interior

USGS: Making Drones Work For Scientific Research






” The best way to understand how much drones can do for mankind can only be seen when you get someone like Jeff Sloan to talk about their experience using them. From the new horizons drones open for farmers to the changes in wildlife protection, map making or pile counting at mines, Sloan has done it all. He’s a true pioneer within the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in terms of his efforts to position drones as eyes in the sky. A conference held last August, The New Eyes in the Sky: Putting Drones to Work for Scientific Research, gave Sloan the opportunity to share some of his experience with drones.

  Sloan is a geographer and project leader at the USGS National Unmanned Systems Project Office. He has worked as a cartographer for the US Federal Government for more than 30 years. He began with the US Department of Defense, working with the Defense Map Agency and then the Department of Homeland Security, after which he went to the Customs and Border Protection Office in Washington DC. The majority of his career has been with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). His background is primarily in cartography, photogrammetry and remote sensing, especially pertaining to national and international mapping and monitoring. He has been involved with UAS operations since 2008 and in 2014 he took a position as project leader in Lakewood, Colorado.”




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” During the conference Jeff Sloan mentioned that “drones stir emotions, whether you love or you hate them,” but he has no doubt that UAVs are a new tool that scientists can put to good use. After connecting with Sloan though, we found out there were so many other considerations for him when it comes to leveraging drone technology for the USGS.”




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