First Online Drones Course About to Launch

Many modern unmanned aerial systems fly automated flight paths, which allow for consistent and repeatable mapping products. In the field, pilots can monitor or update the flight in real time via a laptop.MaRRS lab director Dr. David Johnston reviews the layout of a fixed-wing UAS with students.Duke's Unoccupied Aircraft Systems Lab from Duke University Marine Lab (Walter Wright 2016)

Come back to class March 1-31, 2018 for our online course Drones for Land Trust Monitoring and Managementhosted by Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab and the Nicholas School Executive Education Program.

Drones can be game-changing tools for conservation and environmental science, but information about how to appropriately adopt and apply these tools can be hard to come by. In this course, find answers to questions such as: “How much do drones cost?”, “How can we minimize impacts to wildlife when using drones?”, “Should drones replace boots on the ground monitoring?”, “How can I operate drones legally?”

This 1-month online course will help environmental professionals determine how and when to apply unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology to their conservation projects, specifically focusing on land trust and stewardship applications. Experts at the Duke University Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab will advise and instruct on this emerging technology.

Class will be entirely online and consists of weekly self-paced modules, including:

1) Introduction to Drones: Platforms, Data, and Uses

2) UAS in the Field: Executing a Survey Mission

3) Matching Equipment to Needs: Economy and Scale of UAS

4) Navigating the Legal Landscape: UAS Regulations and Requirements

Each module concludes with a real-time class meeting where participants can interact with Duke instructors and a global cohort of peers. Join us to become a part of a growing network of land trusts who are utilizing cutting edge technology for improved management and operations.

Cost is $250. Course details and registration can be found HERE. Contact us at