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Multispectral Mapping of Aquatic Invasive Species in Massachusetts

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Water chestnut is an aquatic invasive plant that reduces dissolved oxygen killing fish, shades out native aquatic plants, and limits recreational opportunities. Taken on July 30, 2018, this drone image shows some of the thick mats of water chestnut present in central Massachusetts.

Nearview is collecting multispectral drone imagery to help OARS efficiently and accurately map invasive species along the Assabet, Concord, and Sudbury Rivers in Massachusetts http://www.oars3rivers.org/threats/invasive. Specifically, we are developing spectral signatures and imaging techniques to detect Water Chestnut http://www.oars3rivers.org/threats/invasive/water-chestnut/, which is choking native species, and clogging up waterways and reservoirs. Our aerial imaging and analysis will be used by OARS to identify areas in which to focus plant removal, to map change in plant distribution over time, and monitor the results of conservation efforts. If you are in the region please consider volunteering with OARS and help to eradicate invasives and restore your environment http://www.oars3rivers.org/take-action/volunteer. #dronesforgood

 

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