Autonomous systems can both augment traditional manned observing systems, as well as serve a unique role not possible with traditional platforms. At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), autonomous systems are in use for numerous applications in both the Great Lakes and marine environment, including fisheries applications.
Starting in 2017, NOAA began efforts to systematically catalog all research and development (R&D) projects in the agency in the NOAA R&D Database (NRDD). Using the NRDD, we examine where and how unmanned systems are in use at NOAA in contrast to traditional platforms, including ship-based measurements.
About the Speaker:
Ishrat Jabin is a second year’s master’s student at the City College of New York. Her background is in Environmental Engineering and is presently a NOAA CESSRST Scholar and my research is focused on California cash crops and their impact on watersheds. For her NERTO internship in OAR's Office of Science Support she performed analyses on NOAA’s R&D portfolio and contributed to NOAA R&D Data Science Community of Practice and used these tools to inform management decisions and analyze trends.