Monitoring of waterway ecology and geomorphology have for a long time involved arduous days in the field with lots of time on hands and knees. While at the moment some of you may be missing the inevitable dirt under the fingernails, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones’ are changing our approaches and options. Beyond their more common use for pretty aerial pictures, drones have dramatically increased our ability to spatially assess waterway condition as it relates to specific characteristics of river flows. Geoff and Neil provide an overview of techniques, analysis and opportunities, including relationships to hydraulics, with particular reference to current Flow-MER monitoring in the Goulburn River, Victoria, and Edward-Wakool, NSW. Daniel and David will reflect on how important this work is proving to be for on-ground environmental water management decisions.
Dr Geoff Vietz
Geoff is a waterway scientist and fluvial geomorphologist focused on putting the science into practice. Geoff is the director of the consulting company Streamology, and a senior research fellow at Melbourne University.
Neil is an environmental scientist with Streamology. Neil leads Streamology’s drone team, piloting and analysing data on waterways throughout Victoria and NSW.