Articles published in November, 2016

Presque Isle geographers get their hands on drones

Originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News By Anthony Brino, BDN Staff on Nov. 27, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.

Andrew Dolley, a GIS student at the University of Maine Presque Isle, working with a drone at King Grove Cemetery in Mars Hill as a part of a community mapping project with the town.

Students and professors with the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s geographic information systems program have been getting acquainted with two new drones this fall.

In September, the GIS students at UMPI were using the DJI Phantom-4 drones in Mars Hill, taking aerial photos of the Kings Grove Cemetery that will be used to create a plot map for the town office. It’s one of a variety of practical applications offered by drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, said Chunzeng Wang, a geology professor and head of the GIS lab at the university.

“Drones are among the most important technological advances in remote sensing and GIS,” he said.

UMPI’s drones are the first UAVs being used by a college GIS program in Maine, according to the university, and they were purchased through funding under the science and technology bond program approved by Maine voters in 2013, according to a news release from the university.

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