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WingtraOne helps UK’s Project Seagrass monitor more area, faster

WingtraOne data orthophoto of seagrass along a shoreline

While native forests and coral reefs are clear environmental-protection targets, seagrass meadows have also declined massively over the past century. In fact, because they sink so much carbon, buffer against extreme weather, and feed/protect a range of marine life, seagrass meadows deserve more attention. Researchers at Project Seagrass, a UK non-profit, monitor, protect and educate the public about this key shoreline habitat.

Targeting the UK, research estimates 92 % of its seagrass has been lost over the last 100 years. The project has been collecting seagrass meadow imagery for a decade with quadcopters. But they need more coverage, so they’ve turned to WingtraOne.

It’s really important for us to map where seagrass is, or where it should be. That’s why we went for the Wingtra—when you compare it with a quadcopter, suddenly something that took an entire week to map with a DJI can be mapped in an hour.

Eve Uncles
Project Support Officer, Project Seagrass

The project captures data with the RX1R II payload as deep as 1.5 m (5 ft) under water. They’re eager to test the MicaSense RedEdge next mapping season. 

“So far it’s been working really well,” Uncles said. “Moving forward, we’ll see what else we can do with it.”

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