Bass Connections

Developing Rapid, Cost-effective Methods for Evaluating Coastal Biodiversity and Resilience (2018-2019)

Data collection in Shallotte, NC.

DUML marsh collection in Beaufort, NC.

Learning to set up the Mavic (drone).

Middle Marsh (NC) oyster and marsh flights.


Our Project:

The Bass Connections team is working with governmental and nongovernmental organizations to create helpful tools for conservation practices. Our team is working to establish the best sensors to use for delineating shoreline and estuarine habitats in North Carolina, including salt marsh and oyster reefs.  Unoccupied aerial systems (UAS) will be used with survey-grade, multi-spectral, and high-resolution optical sensors to collect high-quality imagery of these environments. Software such as Pix4D, ArcGIS Pro, and R-Studio will be used to create accurate digital surface models and vegetation indices to further delineate habitats.

We also hope to expand our work to include which sensors work best for tropical living shorelines, like mangroves, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund in Belize.

Anticipated Outcomes:

Publication in a peer-reviewed journal and establish the foundation for future research and grants to explore using drones to monitor and evaluate ecosystem services provided by coastal habitats. Students will gain hands-on experience with coastal research, developing independent pieces of the overall project goal.


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Meet the Team

We are the 2018 Bass Connections team, working with the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab. We’re excited to share our research path with you as we develop methods to evaluate coastal habitats using unoccupied aerial systems, or drones.


Our Team