Climate Scientists Use Wingtra Drones to Predict Flash Flooding
Climate Scientists Use Wingtra Drones to Predict Flash Flooding of Alaskan Communities
A research professor at the University of Alaska Fairbank's Climate Adaptation Science Center, Gabriel Wolken, and his team have been working to visualize and predict the glacial lake's seasonal flux.
They're looking at how the water interacts with the Mendenhall Glacier, which sits next to the basin and holds it together. Mendenhall was once connected to Suicide Glacier before rising temperatures separated them, resulting in Suicide Basin. When basin waters rise to a point, Mendenhall Glacier can't hold them anymore and the entire basin drains, immediately causing flash floods.
"The main issue is that it's ice covered so we can't really see the water as it fills up the basin on a seasonal basis," Wolken explained. That is where the drone data comes in handy. The team uses orthophoto and digital elevation models—from a WingtraOne drone, manufactured by a...