DroneDeploy.org Speaker Series: Mapping Oceans and Coastal Waters

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October 12, 2022
Interested in overwater mapping? This webinar will discuss best practices for utilizing drones in near short environments. Learn how to get the best map products, safely operate your drone, and analyze unique datasets. How to take-off and land over water. Basics of drone flight, including tips to avoid common mistakes. Best practices for mapping and 3D-modeling flights of aquatic environments. How to process your imagery into a map and 3d model for analysis. Use cases and examples from nonprofits, NGOs and government.


CDR Matt Picket
President, NOAA (ret)

CDR Matthew Pickett, NOAA (Ret) spent twenty years providing operational support for NOAA aboard ships, small boats, aircraft, and diving. He has twelve years experience supporting the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, including three years as the Superintendent of CINMS. His aviation experience includes remote sensing and living marine resource surveys and small UAS missions supporting environmental research and monitoring requirements.

CAPT Brian Taggart
Director, NOAA (ret)

Captain Brian Taggart, NOAA (Ret) spent twenty-six years in operational and leadership positions within the federal government. As Commanding Officer of NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in, Tampa, FL, he was responsible for the overall management of NOAA’s aircraft support services. He administered the NOAA flight program and established the procedures and standards which govern the program. He has experience in all NOAA operations – ship, aircraft, dive, and unmanned aerial vehicles with over 6000 accident/incident free hours flying a DeHavilland Twin Otter, a Cessna Citation II and a P3 Orion. He has extensive experience leading large organizations with effective strategic planning linking missions, goals, schedule and performance.

Dr. Kimberly Baldwin
Director, Research Associate – CERMES, UWI, Barbados

Dr. Kimberly Baldwin is a Marine Ecologist with specialized skills in marine mapping and geoinformatics, focusing on participatory research and the utility of information technologies to support stakeholder engagement and collaborative approaches in the development of more holistic information for environmental planning and management.

Rebecca Lehman
Social Impact Program Manager, DroneDeploy

Rebecca finds innovative ways to leverage technology in addressing social and environmental problems. At DroneDeploy she manages both the nonprofit and education programs. She works with nonprofits and social impact organizations to enable the power of mapping and new technology to reach those who need it most. She has a master's degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment.

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