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Drones take to skies to map climate change in Noosa


You might spot some drones flying overhead in Noosa this week.

Noosa Shire Council is using the fixed-wing drone technology along the Eastern Beaches, as part of a trial to improve its management response to climate change.

The drone survey is being conducted in collaboration with drone operator National Drones, to test the ability of drones to capture key coastal information such as shoreline position, beach levels, beach volume and vegetation extent and density.

Flights are planned during the day tomorow and Thursday, July 27 and 28, when suitable flying weather and tide levels are forecast, however it's possible they may be postponed if there are any unexpected weather or beach conditions.

A Councils spokesperson says the trial responds to feedback from the community during the development of Council’s recently-endorsed Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan, calling for the collection of localised data and monitoring of the coastal system to be prioritised in order to better understand and model the impact of coastal hazards driven by climate change.

For further information or questions regarding the coastal monitoring program, including on information privacy, you can head to Council’s CHAP webpage or contact [email protected]

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