Drones Emerging in Fight Against Climate Change


When one thinks of drone usage, often law enforcement, commercial photography, and even military applications come to mind. However, drones have also been emerging in today’s urgent climate change fight.

For example, a drone-based ice-penetrating radar system is being used over Norway’s Slakbreen glacier. The system is designed to augment surface-level measurements from orbital satellites with information about what’s happening underneath the ice – providing data that can predict the rise in sea levels.

In addition to enhancing climate research, drones are being used to spread seeds in the wake of wildfires for reforestation efforts. They are also being used for tracking animal migrations, crop monitoring, land management and even for wing turbine and oil pipeline inspections.

As we have highlighted before, there are plenty of geospatial technology and software providers who are part of the .earth web domain tribe. Many of these players are also creating and using drone-based technologies for fighting climate change and disaster mitigation. Here are a few examples:

  • Ellipsis.Earth: The organization uses drones to identify, map and track litter in the environment. The data generated is critical for targeting solutions, evaluating changes and measuring impact, all of which accelerate our collective “journey to a litter-free world.” Learn more here.
  • AirTec.Earth: This soon-to-be-launched company will be using novel drone technologies to restore natural ecosystems and protect existing diversity. Learn more here.
  • TMA.Earth: The Third Millennium Alliance has the mission of preserving the last remnants of the Pacific Forest of Ecuador and working with local communities to reforest what has been lost. The organization uses drones to monitor and verify reforestation in this region. Learn more about these efforts here.
  • Assert.Earth: This nonprofit uses drones to find displaced animals in the wake of natural disasters. The founder of the organization has even helped in animal rescue efforts in the war in Ukraine. Learn more about this organization here.
  • Mossy.Earth: Our friends at Mossy.Earth also use camera traps, wildlife tracking devices and drones to monitor their reforestation and rewilding efforts. Check out this drone footage Mossy.Earth created for our .earth web domain second anniversary reforestation campaign here. 

Is your company or organization using drones to help preserve our planet for future generations? The .earth web domain is ideal for enhancing your brands and communicating your mission of using innovation to fight climate change.

To learn more about the .earth domain, visit Voices.Earth. In addition, many organizations and individuals are sharing their voices about the benefits of a .earth domain in our Voices.Earth podcast series.



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