This spring, the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab will once again work with Ms Tammy Schooley’s East Carteret High School Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) class on a comprehensive marine debris drone project. Last May, the APES class used MaRRS fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft and multi-spectral cameras to detect, identify, and analyze marine debris on the Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve. During the second part of the effort, the class visited the Reserve to “ground-truth” the aerial data and to remove the debris. The students concluded the project by providing a presentation to local government officials, scientists, and marine debris experts to explain their findings on the scope of the marine debris challenge in Carteret County, and offering their analysis on potential solutions.
Outreach is a key component of our facility. We seek to educate the public about the utility of UAS in marine science and conservation through interactive programs at all levels.